What States Have All-offender Ignition Interlock Laws?
All 50 states have an ignition interlock law in place. Each state is unique, and every case is different. Several states require only certain drivers convicted of a second or repeat DUI/DWI/OWI drunk driving charge to install an ignition interlock device. Other states require those with a first-time drunk driving conviction to get an ignition interlock if they had a certain BAC level when they were arrested (usually over .10 or .15). Some states require a period were an offender cannot drive at all. These variations make it difficult to answer the question “is an interlock required?” with a simple yes or no. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has an overview of state requirements that is helpful as a first step and can be found here.
States with “all-offender laws” require all first-time¹ and subsequent offenders to install an interlock to restore their ability to drive after a impaired driving conviction.
As of this writing (April, 2020), have all-offender interlock requirements:
Alabama¹, Alaska, Arizona, Connecticut, Delaware, Kansas, Kentucky (effective 7/2020), Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Maryland, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina¹, Oregon, Pennsylvania¹, Utah, Washington and Wyoming¹.
No matter what state you’re facing a OWI/DUI/DWI charge in, LifeSafer can help. Many states, like Iowa, offer incentives (such as reduced fees or shortened time with a license suspension) for installing an interlock.
If a court order or your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or licensing agency requires you to install an ignition interlock (in-car breathalyzer), LifeSafer’s highly trained technicians at a location nearby can install and service your unit.
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¹Based on BAC.