Tennessee Ignition Interlock Device Laws
The ignition interlock device is a device that connects a motor means’s ignition system to a breath alcohol analyzer and prevents the motor means from starting if the driver’s blood alcohol level exceeds the calibrated setting. Currently under Tennessee law, that setting is two-hundredths of one percent (.02) blood alcohol concentration. That method that if the driver’s blood alcohol concentration is greater than .02, the device will prevent the motor means from starting. The Tennessee laws regarding ignition interlock devices are in the Tennessee Code Annotated in Title 55, Chapter 10, Part 4.
As of January 1, 2011, Tennessee law requires anyone convicted of a first-offense DUI to install an interlock ignition device under the following circumstances: if the person’s blood or breath alcohol concentration was .15 or greater; if the person was accompanied by someone under 18 years of age; if the person was involved in a traffic accident requiring notification and the accident was the proximate consequence of intoxication; or in certain situations involving violation of the implied consent law (also known as refusal to submit). These penalties are laid out in Tennessee Code Annotated 55-10-403 and 55-10-412.
A person convicted of a second offense DUI in Tennessee will also be required to install an ignition interlock device. For second offenders the device must be installed during the period of license suspension, which is two years long (additionally, the individual cannot apply for a restricted license during the first year, and consequently may not excursion at all during that time). If the first DUI offense was within five years of the second offense, the driver must keep the device on their means for an additional six months after the license revocation period has ended.
In addition to mandatory installation of the ignition interlock device, there may also be situations where the estimate orders installation. In these situations the law does not require the device to be installed, but the estimate may order it based on his or her own discretion. If the estimate does order the device to be installed, the device may be ordered to keep on the means for up to a year after the offender’s license revocation period has ended. consequently an individual who has an ignition interlock device installed by the estimate’s order may have to keep the device on longer than if the law requires the device to be installed. If you are facing a DUI in Memphis, your case will be heard downtown at 201 Poplar method. Some of the judges in Memphis courts are known to order ignition interlock devices.
Finally, an individual may request to have an ignition interlock device installed on their means. If he or she does, then the geographic restrictions of the restricted driver’s license are lifted. However, they must pay for the device themselves. If an individual is ordered to install the device, he or she is eligible to have the costs paid from the state’s Interlock Assistance Fund.