All 50 states have ignition interlock laws if the courts convict you of DUI. However, all of the states have slightly different requirements concerning this, so it is important to be aware of the law in Arizona.
Arizona is one of the stricter states concerning the installation of ignition interlock devices According to Findlaw, Arizona requires that you install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle upon conviction, whether it is your first offense or your 10th.
What is an ignition interlock device?
An ignition interlock device operates the same way as a breathalyzer. Every time you get into your car, you need to breathe into this device before the car will start. If the device detects that there is any alcohol on your breath, the car will not start. Once the car starts, you will need to breathe into it every once in a while to prove that you have not consumed any alcohol since you turned the car on.
The idea behind ignition interlock devices is that they stop drunk driving before it starts. There may be additional restrictions on your license after a DUI conviction as well, including only being able to drive to so-called “vital destinations,” like work or doctor’s appointments.
The amount of time that Arizona requires you to have an ignition interlock device in your vehicle depends on your specific case.
Who pays for the ignition interlock device?
You will be responsible for any costs associated with installing and maintaining an ignition interlock device in your vehicle. In certain circumstances if you have a wage that is below the federal poverty level and access to a vehicle is vital for your livelihood, you may be eligible for assistance.