Los Angeles County has been chosen as one of four Counties in California to participate in an Ignition Interlock Device Pilot Program. The remaining three counties include Alameda, Sacramento, and Tulare. Additional counties are scheduled to be added in the future.
The stated intent of the IID Pilot Program, which began on July 1, 2010 and has continued to date, is to reduce the total number of DUI offenses. The data from the program will be compiled by the Department of Motor Vehicle to determine its effectiveness.
A driver convicted of a DUI in any of the above named counties will be required by the DMV to install a IID in each vehicle they own and operate. This can prove to be a significant negative if you own several vehicles.
There are downsides of being required to install an IID: cost, embarrassment, and inconvenience. However, to some the IID has its positives as well. For one, an individual convicted of a first offense DUI without the IID requirement would suffered a 6 month restricted license which only allows use for work and alcohol classes. Conversely, with the installation of an IID, the individual will suffer no limitations in how he can use the vehicle. For multiple conviction offenders, individuals convicted of a second or third DUI within ten years without installing an IID will suffer a total suspension period ranging from one to two years with no permitted use. However with and IID installed, the individual will be in able to drive again in as little as three months but no more than 6 months.
To determine if you fall within the Pilot Program, you must only look into which court your matter was adjudicated. If the court falls within the jurisdiction of Tulare, Alameda, Sacramento or Los Angeles counties, you must comply with the laws pertaining to IID installation. The county for which you live has no bearing on whether or not you must install an IID.
The term for which and IID MUST remain installed in a convicted indidual's vehicle is 5 months for a first offense. You may request an extension if you which to continue to drive with restrictions but have time remaining on the original 6 month suspension imposed as a result of your conviction. Second time DUI offenders must maintain an IID for a period of 12 months. Third time DUI offenders must maintain an IID for a period of 24 months and fourth plus time offenders for 48 months.
The IID Pilot Program has an exemption for those who do not own a motor vehicle. However, the qualification guidelines for this are strict and unwavering. The requirements are as follows: 1) The approval must be given within 30 days of the suspension or revocation notice date. (If you delay on this, you will not be excluded from this requirement and will not drive until you own a vehicle and install the device.) 2) You don't own or have access to a vehicle at your residence and the actual vehicle for which the offense occurred is also not available to you. 3) You may only drive a vehicle with and IID installed and you have a valid driver license. 4) You are required to immediately install an IID should have come to own or have access to a vehicle.