Since May 1, 2006, Utah has required drivers convicted of certain driving offenses involving alcohol to install ignition interlock devices on their vehicles. And, since 2009, first-time DUI offenders in Utah are also required to install these devices. All drivers should take note of the requirements of these devices and how they affect a person’s daily life.
Offenses That Require Ignition Interlock Restricted Driving Status
If drivers are convicted of one of the following offenses, they will be on ignition interlock restricted status for:
DUI – even for a first offense
Violating a ignition interlock restricted status by driving a vehicle without an ignition interlock device
Any subsequent DUI, alcohol-related reckless driving, driving while impaired, driving with a measurable amount of a controlled substance in the body and causing bodily harm or metabolite offenses within ten years of the first DUI conviction
Refusal to submit to a chemical test
Drivers’ alcohol restricted status is no longer listed on their Utah driver’s license, as it was in the past. Instead, the state keeps a database of drivers on alcohol restricted status and police have access to the information in the database.
Length Of Interlock Restricted Driving Status
The length of time that drivers’ alcohol restricted status lasts varies with every offense that put them in interlock restricted status. Drivers will be on ignition interlock restricted status for:
18 months for a first DUI conviction if the driver was 21 years or older at the time of the arrest
Three years for a first DUI conviction if the driver was under 21 years old at the time of the arrest
Three years for a subsequent DUI, alcohol-related reckless driving, driving while impaired, driving with a measurable amount of a controlled substance in the body and causing bodily harm or metabolite offenses
Three years for an interlock restricted driver status violation
Three years for refusal to submit to a chemical test
Six years for felony DUI
10 years for automobile homicide
Drivers convicted of operating a vehicle in violation of ignition interlock restricted status will also lose their driver’s license for one year in addition to the extended time on ignition interlock restricted status penalty.
If you are facing DUI charges, an ignition interlock device is most likely in your future. It’s important to contact an experienced DUI attorney who can discuss the law as they apply to your case.
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