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What is an Ignition Interlock Device?

Attorney Clarke Dummit talks about ignition interlock devices with Jim Longworth on Triad Today.

An ignition interlock is a device that prevents a vehicle from starting if it detects a multitude of different substances in the person’s breath.

While it is intended to prevent the car from operating if the person has been drinking, the device cannot discern contaminates from alcohol consumption.

The device works similarly to a breathalyzer, but it does not have an infrared sensor to distinguish contaminants from actual alcohol consumptions so it is riddled with false positives.

If a failed test occurs, the vehicle will not start and the providers are required to send notice of the failed tests to the DMV.

The NC DMV then will issue a Notice of Suspension to the driver with an effective date on it. The suspension date is normally 10 days from the time the notice is mailed from the DMV.

A DMV hearing is allowed but MUST be requested in writing and postmarked prior to the day the suspension is set to begin.

Contact an Ignition Interlock Attorney in North Carolina Today

If you’ve recently received a Notice of Suspension from the NC DMV, contact an interlock attorney as soon as possible. You have a very limited window to request a DMV hearing and it’s best to be prepared with an experienced attorney on your side.