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When a law enforcement officer charges someone in Maryland for operating under the influence (OUI), the apprehended driver may face serious penalties and perhaps even time in jail. More common, however, is a suspension of the offender’s driver’s license.

It may be a sensible policy choice to keep people off the road if they have regularly exhibited risky driving practices, but it can be a tremendous burden for the driver. This may be avoided with an Ignition Interlock Device (IID). Here’s what you should know.

How to Do Ignition Interlock Devices In Maryland Work?

Motorists who have had their license suspended as a result of an OUI conviction may be eligible for the IIP. This allows limited driving privileges by installing a  chemical breathalyzer test into a vehicle’s starter called an Ignition Interlock Device (IID).

Each time you drive, you’ll be required to check your BAC using the device, and you may even be required to take an additional test while driving. The sensor archives your results, helping you establish a long-term history of sober driving. In time, you will be able to lawfully drive a car without an IID.

How an IID Can Help Instead of Hurt You

It takes some time to get accustomed to living with an IID, but it’s manageable, especially considering the alternative. You’ve just come out of one of the most difficult times of your life after an OUI arrest and one of the first steps toward getting your life back is by using an IID.

Instead of viewing an Ignition Interlock Device as a punishment, consider it an opportunity to avoid more serious penalties that can have an even greater negative impact on your life. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), IIDs reduce repeat OUI offenses by as much as 70% while they are in use.

The study also claims that installing an IID in conjunction with drug and alcohol rehabilitation can further help to decrease repeat violations. Maintaining compliance with your IID program puts you back in control of your life and eliminates the risk of another OUI charge.

Get Help From a Maryland OUI Lawyer Now

Were you charged with operating your vehicle under the influence of alcohol? Having an IID installed may help you retain your driving privileges and avoid hefty fines and/or jail time. Call RJB Law, LLC for a consultation at 410-430-1464. Serving the Maryland metropolitan area of Ocean City, including Ocean Pines, Bishop, Showell, Berlin, and more.