Vehicle Ignition Interlock


A vehicle ignition interlock is an alcohol screening device that obtains a breath sample before allowing an individual to start his vehicle. Under North Carolina state law, ignition interlock devices are legally admissible to prove the presence of alcohol in a person’s body. Currently, Monitech is the only company that is approved to install and monitor the vehicle ignition interlock devices in the State of North Carolina.

Under North Carolina state law, there are many scenarios that can require an individual to install a vehicle ignition interlock. The most common circumstance that mandates an individual to install an interlock on his vehicle is when that individual is convicted of a Driving While Impaired (DWI / DUI) with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) that is 0.15 or greater. Individuals convicted of driving drunk with a BAC of 0.15 or greater are not eligible to obtain a limited driving privilege (LDP) for a period of forty-five (45) days following their conviction. Additionally, the ignition interlock device must remain on the vehicle for a period of one year. Further, individuals convicted under these circumstances will be forbidden from operating a vehicle with a Blood Alcohol Content of 0.04 or greater.

An individual who has been convicted of a second (or more) DWI / DUI within a seven (7) year period will also be required to place an interlock on his vehicle upon reinstatement of his driving privileges. A reinstatement under these circumstances prohibits an individual from operating a vehicle with a BAC of 0.00 or greater. The length of suspension for violations of this type will vary depending on the driving history and frequency of the occurrences.

Vehicle Ignition Interlock devices can also be required for offenses such as driving while impaired in a commercial vehicle under NCGS §20‑138.2, driving while less than 21 years old after consuming alcohol or drugs under NCGS §20‑138.3, a violation of NCGS §20‑141.4, or manslaughter or negligent homicide resulting from the operation of a motor vehicle when the offense resulted from impaired driving.

For a more thorough examination of the laws pertaining to the Vehicle Ignition Interlock system under North Carolina Law review NCGS §20-17.8 or contact Everett Law Firm, P. A. to confidentially discuss your individual circumstances.

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