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Rule Is Approved for Ignition Interlock Devices in Vehicles

CONTACT: Robert Sanchez
Public Information Administrator

December 16, 2003

Florida will soon have a new weapon available in the fight against drunk driving. Under a rule approved today by Gov. Jeb Bush and the state Cabinet, certain drivers will be required to install and use an ignition interlock device.

The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles will begin implementing the Ignition Interlock Program on February 1, 2004. The program affects drivers convicted of multiple DUIs, those first time offenders with a Breath Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of 0.20 or more, and those who had a minor in the vehicle at the time of the offense.

Once it’s installed in a vehicle, the ignition interlock device requires a person to provide a breath sample to determine the BAC level. If it’s above a predetermined level, the vehicle won’t start. Numerous failsafe functions have been added over the years to prevent circumvention of the device, which will cost $70 to install and $67.50 a month for monitoring and recalibration.

Alcohol Countermeasures Systems Corp will provide those services in the southern region of Florida. Lifesafer Inc. will serve the northern region. Both companies will offer toll-free numbers to set appointments for installation and to provide general information.

Under FS 316.193, judges will order use of the interlock device as part of the required sentencing of DUI offenders. Judges will also have the authority to require the interlock devices for certain non-DUI offenses.

Information about this program is currently available on the DHSMV Website. Go to www.flhsmv.gov and click on "Drivers License" in the listing of "Quick Topics."

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