What is Ignition Interlock Installation?
Ignition interlock installation is the process by which you have an IID device, or ignition interlock device, installed in your vehicle. These devices help to prevent drunk driving. They also help to restore some freedoms back to you while you serve our license suspension and/or probation periods after a DUI or DWI conviction. The IID is attached to your ignition and won’t start unless you take and pass a BAC test, otherwise known as a breathalyzer. Typically, you must have the ignition interlock installation completed on any car you’re going to drive during the period under which your driving privileges are restricted.
Virginia Laws Regarding Ignition Interlock Installation
In Virginia, ignition interlock installation is mandated via a court order. Virginia requires you to serve a license suspension of at least a year, even after your first offense. However, during that time period you may be able to retain some of your driving privileges if you agree to install an ignition interlock device. In most cases, the ignition interlock installation is not optional, and if you’ve had prior DUI convictions in Virginia you may face up to a three-year or even an indefinite license suspension. It’s important to follow all the directions given to you by the judicial authorities overseeing your case and your DUI attorney in order to obtain the most positive outcome.
Where to Have Ignition Interlock Installation Completed in Virginia
It’s critical that you only have your IID device installed by a state-approved vendor in Virginia. Only a state-approved service provider can offer services that are recognized by the state of Virginia. Every ALCOLOCK location is approved and registered in its corresponding state. Our service technicians are highly trained to install, monitor, and remove your IID so you can complete your IID program successfully and with minimal hassle.
What to Expect at an Ignition Interlock Installation in Virginia
Your ALCOLOCK installation appointment can be made over the phone and scheduled within two days of ALCOLOCK receiving verification that you need the device. A standard ignition interlock installation appointment will consist of the device installation, training for you so that you know how to properly use the device, and scheduling your first follow-up maintenance appointment. You’ll have to come in regularly, usually monthly, throughout the period of time during which you are mandated to have the IID installed. Once you have served out your time, we’ll remove the device for you, as well.
ALCOLOCK has many locations across the United States. We’re happy to help you get back on the road – and on the path to success. Take your first step forward by scheduling your ignition interlock installation with one of our approved vendors in Virginia today. The list below can help you choose the Virginia ALCOLOCK location that’s closest to you.