If you have multiple convictions for DUII, you will be required to have one. Under a law passed in 2011, if you are a first-time offender placed on diversion for DUI, you will also be required to have one. But, Oregon lawmakers are now looking at ways to ensure all DUI offenders are required to have ignition interlock devices installed on their vehicles, especially those who try to bypass the requirement.
According to The Oregonian, only about 1/3 of those DUII offenders who are required to have ignition interlock devices installed actually go through with it. Many of the others simply wait out their period of suspension or claim they have no vehicle at their disposal. Yes, even those without driver’s licenses will continue to drive illegally, rather than deal with the inconvenience and cost of installing and maintaining an ignition interlock device.
The devices are used to test the blood alcohol level of the driver. If it shows you have been drinking, you are unable to start the car and a report is generated to alert officials of your failed attempt.
The drunk driving offender is required to cover all costs related to the operation of the device. One company that offers services says they charge a $65 installation and a $59 monthly fee for them.
Around 10,000 multiple-DUI offenders are required to get the devices every year, and another 10,000 are placed on diversion and required to have it as well. But according to The Oregonian, only 3,715 were installed on Oregon vehicles as of last July.
So, who are the people driving around with this expensive equipment in their vehicles? “What you have in essence are the volunteers,” says Multnomah County Judge Kathleen Dailey.
Officials want to see greater compliance with the laws, and are looking at ways to gather up those who seem to be skating around it.
But their effectiveness is questionable. One study showed that one year after the devices are taken out of the vehicle a person’s likelihood to reoffend climbs back to an average rate.
Ignition interlock devices are only one of the inconveniences of a DUI charge. Even if you are fortunate to qualify for diversion, you will face penalties that will impact your day to day life in a variety of ways.
The laws in Oregon are strict and you need someone on your side who is interested in helping you get the best results possible on your case. Contact our offices today to discuss the details and how we might be able to help.