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Ignition Interlocks and Wisconsin Law

Wisconsin law requires that individuals equip their vehicles with ignition interlock devices in certain situations. These devices prevent an individual from driving while intoxicated; before the vehicle will start, the driver must blow into the device, which measures the driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC). If the device detects any amount of alcohol, the vehicle will not start so that the individual cannot drive. The ignition interlock devices essentially operates as a personal breathalyzer machine. Furthermore, in order to prevent the driver from drinking after he or she begins operating the vehicle, the device may require additional breath samples from the driver while he or she is driving.

In 2010, Wisconsin incorporated requirements for installing mandatory ignition interlock devices in certain situations where an individual has been convicted of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. Anyone who is convicted of a second or subsequent operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (OWI) is required to install an ignition interlock device. Additionally, an individual whose BAC measures 0.15 or more must install an ignition interlock device, even if it is his or her first offense. The device must be installed in every vehicle that the individual has registered or owns.

Wisconsin law requires that if a driver had a mandatory ignition interlock device, it must remain installed for at least one year. The time that the device must remain installed is usually consistent with the time that the driver’s license is suspended. Therefore, different cases may have different mandatory periods of ignition interlock device installation. Plus, if you take any action to disable, fail to install, disconnect, or circumvent the device, you will face an additional six months of mandatory ignition interlock installation.

When an accident causes serious injuries to you or a loved one, the impact can be devastating. Although some accidents are just that – accidents – others are caused by the negligence of another, such as an inattentive or distracted driver. If you are in this situation, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Contact Boller & Vaughan today and learn how our Wisconsin personal injury attorneys can advocate on your behalf.