If you have a blood alcohol concentration above 0.08% when an officer stops your vehicle, you are likely to face some serious consequences for operating a vehicle while impaired. Even for a first-time OWI, you may spend some time in jail, pay a steep fine and have to install an ignition interlock device on every vehicle you drive.

An IID is a mechanical device that fits into your car’s ignition system. Before the device will allow your vehicle to start, you must provide an alcohol-free breath sample. You also must continue to breathe into the device periodically until you reach your destination.

Who installs the device?

If a judge orders you to install an IID on your vehicle, you must take your car to an approved installer. While there are many models of IIDs on the market today, the installer must select one from a list of approved models.

How much do IIDs cost?

Indiana law requires you to pay for all IID installation, calibration, removal and leasing costs. The exact amount you must pay depends on the features of your IID and the length of your IID requirement.

For budgeting purposes, you should expect to pay up to $150 for installation and between $40 and $100 per month for IID maintenance.

Do you need a special license?

While you have an IID on your vehicle, you must also carry a special driving permit. This permit allows you to drive despite your license suspension. It also tells any officer who may stop your vehicle that you must have an IID on it.

Ultimately, while it may be inconvenient to have a special driver’s license and an IID on your vehicle, being able to drive may help you minimize the many life consequences that often accompany an OWI conviction.