An ignition interlock device means a device that connects a motor vehicle’s ignition system to a breath analyzer that measures a driver’s alcohol concentration and prevents a motor vehicle ignition from starting the motor vehicle if a driver’s alcohol concentration exceeds the calibrated setting on the device.
In addition to blowing into the device to start the vehicle, the device will also ask for random tests while the vehicle is being driven. If the driver doesn’t provide a sufficient sample of breath, the device records a refusal and an alarm will sound until the vehicle is turned off.
Once enrolled in the Ignition Interlock program, you are required to start the vehicle that has the device installed a minimum of 50 times within 30 days. If you have valid justification for not starting your vehicle with the required number of starts, you must notify MVA immediately (ill, out of the country, etc.).
There are a number of different ways you may be found to be in violation of the Ignition Interlock program. You are allowed three violations, each of which will extend your time in the program by thirty days. On the fourth violation, you will be excluded from the program and your license will be suspended or revoked. However, you can request a hearing with MVA to fight against being excluded from the program.