What are Ignition Interlock Devices? Why would you need one?
The number of drivers required to use an Ignition Interlock Device increased when Melanie’s Law went into effect on October 28, 2005. An Ignition Interlock Device is a breath-alcohol monitoring device. It is slightly larger than a cell phone and is wired to your vehicles ignition. The Ignition Interlock Device requires you to take and pass a breath test prior to starting your vehicle. It also requires you to periodically re-test your breath-alcohol while you are operating your vehicle.
If you have two or more OUI convictions and are eligible for a Hardship License then you must use the Ignition Interlock Device for the term of the Hardship License. You must also use the Ignition Interlock Device for TWO additional years once your license is fully reinstated.
A court may also order you to use an Ignition Interlock Device for any reason.
If you have your license reinstated in court after a suspension of five years or more for a chemical test refusal, the Registry of Motor Vehicles can reinstate your license but require you to have an Ignition Interlock Device installed in your motor vehicle for no less than two years.
The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles has published information for Massachusetts Drivers regarding Ignition Interlock Devices, there are also several providers of Ignition Interlock Devices that are approved by the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles.
If you need assistance with your hardship license, or if you have gotten a probation violation notice because your ignition interlock is malfunctioning, please call me at 866-981-7888 or email me to discuss your options.