Posted on April 21, 2015 in Criminal Law
Many people in Grand Rapids are already aware that if you are
convicted of operating while intoxicated – or of driving under the
influence – then you might be ordered to drive with an ignition
interlock device, also known as a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock
Device (BAIID). If you are repeat offender then your conviction will
automatically include installing one of these devices when your driving
privileges are restored.
Ignition interlock devices
have proven to be an effective tool in helping deter intoxicated
drivers from getting behind the wheel. However, state lawmakers are
concerned that they are not always being used properly. To that end,
government officials have introduced a new bill that would require
makers of these devices to be certified by state Police. The law would
also make it a requirement to renew those certifications yearly.
Lawmakers are concerned that there are no certifications and
specifications currently in place to oversee the use of these devices.
of the bill claim that even though many of these devices have been
installed in thousands of vehicles throughout the state, that without
the correct procedures in place to ensure their proper installation,
maintenance and use, there is no guarantee that they are being used
properly. Under the newly proposed bill, only licensed auto repair
facilities would be allowed to install, maintain and remove these
devices. Additionally, by requiring these extra procedures and
certifications, those who make, install and service these devices would
be held to a higher standard and more accountability.
already have an ignition interlock device in your vehicle these proposed
changes could affect you. In addition should you be convicted of
driving under the influence in the future, you might also be affected.
The best defense is to avoid driving under the influence in the first
place, but at the Van Den Heuvel law Office, we know that sometimes
people make mistakes.
We also know that sometimes law enforcement
officers make mistakes as well. Just because you are arrested and
charged with drinking and driving that does not mean you are guilty. If
you have been arrested for OWI/DUI,
then don’t delay; contact us as soon as you can. We’ll fight for your
rights and work to get the best results legally possible, whether that
includes an ignition interlock device or not. Click here