Some drivers are ordered to install an ignition interlock device (IID) on their vehicles after a conviction for driving under the influence (DUI). You have choices when it comes to selecting an IID. Different companies offer different IIDs.
When selecting an IID for your vehicle, you may want to know which device is easiest to use. While each company is likely to claim their device is the best on the market, we can review features to make these devices easy to use, such as:
- Remote unlock capabilities
- Display type
Considering these factors can help you decide on the easiest interlock device to use in your vehicle.
Ignition interlocks are designed to measure your blood alcohol content (BAC) before allowing you to operate your vehicle. If you blow into an interlock ignition device and your BAC is high, the IID will “lock-out” your vehicle. You will have to get your vehicle “unlocked” before you can drive.
Some ignition interlocks can only be unlocked by the installation company. This means you may have to get a tow to the installation company if your vehicle gets locked out. IIDs with remote unlocking allow you to avoid costly tows. Therefore, it’s often easier to get an IID with remote unlock.
Many IIDs come with different display designs. Some interfaces will be easier for you to use than others. However, this is often a personal determination. It’s a good idea to review different kinds of IIDs before you make a selection, to ensure that you find one that is easy for you to operate.
Drivers sometimes find it easier to use IIDs that have:
- One button activation
- LED displays
- Multiple languages for use
Additionally, you should consider the “blow pattern” used by the IID. You must blow into the IID to check your BAC. Some devices require you to “hum,” which can be difficult for some drivers. Ask about the blow pattern required for using an IID before you get one installed.
You may want to detach your ignition interlock device from your vehicle in some situations. For example, perhaps you want to take the direct interface inside on a very cold nice, to protect it from damage from the temperature. Only some IIDs detach.
Note that you will not be able to operate your vehicle with the IID detached, in most cases. Attempted to drive with the IID detached can result in the loss of your IID-restricted license. You should also check the laws in your area before getting a detachable IID. Not all areas allow you to detach your IID.
If you cannot get a detachable IID, you may want to focus on a device with a quick warm-up time. Sometimes, when the weather gets cold, it takes IIDs a period of time before they can turn on. You cannot turn your vehicle on until the IID is operational, so finding an IID that warms up quickly is important.
The Use of IIDs in California
The state of California recently rolled out a statewide program for the use of IIDs. Most drivers convicted of a DUI have to install an IID on:
- All vehicles registered in their names
- All vehicles they drive on a regular basis
Using an IID on your vehicle allows you to drive with an IID restricted license. This means that you will not have your license suspended after many DUI convictions. However, using an IID can be inconvenient and difficult.
You can get help handling DUI charges before a conviction by reaching out to a lawyer. Our team can work to build a defense for you. Successfully resolving a DUI accusation can help you avoid using an IID here in Los Angeles. Contact us to get help getting your charges dismissed or reduced. Find out more by calling us now.
Ask a Lawyer About the Easiest Interlock Device to Use
There’s a lot of variance in IIDs. You should pick a device that has an interface that works for you, as well as the features that you want.
You can also try to avoid the need to use an IID by contacting a DUI lawyer in Los Angeles for help handling criminal charges. Just call us at (310) 896-2724 or fill out our online contact form. Get help with a free consultation.