Texas Interlock Device

In Texas, ignition interlock devices (IIDs) are required for certain DUI offenders. Here’s some information about interlock devices in Texas:

1. Mandatory IID Requirement: Texas law mandates the use of ignition interlock devices for individuals convicted of DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) offenses, with some exceptions. Offenders may be required to install an IID as a condition of obtaining driving privileges or to reinstate their driver’s license.

2. Installation and Monitoring: Offenders are required to have an IID installed in their vehicles. The device measures the driver’s breath alcohol concentration (BAC) before allowing the vehicle to start. It also requires periodic breath samples while the vehicle is in operation.

3. Duration of IID Requirement: The duration of the IID requirement depends on the offense and the number of prior DWI convictions. For example, first-time offenders may be required to use an IID for a minimum period of six months, while repeat offenders may face longer IID requirements.

4. Restricted Driving Privileges: In Texas, individuals may be eligible for a restricted interlock license that allows them to drive with an IID installed in their vehicle during their license suspension or revocation period.

5. Costs and Compliance: Offenders are responsible for the costs associated with installing, maintaining, and monitoring the IID. Compliance with the IID requirement is crucial, and failure to comply or tampering with the device can result in extended IID periods or additional penalties.

It’s important to note that specific requirements and regulations regarding ignition interlock devices in Texas can be subject to change. It’s advisable to consult with the Texas Department of Public Safety or a legal professional specializing in DUI/DWI law in Texas for the most accurate and up-to-date information on IID requirements and regulations in the state.