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Ignition Interlock Devices in Oregon

A person convicted of DUII in Oregon will be required to have an ignition interlock device installed and used in any vehicle the person operates. For a first conviction, the ignition interlock device must be used for one year after the ending date of the suspension or revocation caused by the conviction. For a second or subsequent conviction, the ignition interlock device must be used for two years after the ending date of the suspension or revocation caused by the conviction. The person who committed the DUII must pay the costs of installing and maintaining the device. If a defendant is indigent, the requirement to pay for the ignition interlock device may be waived.

An ignition interlock device is a device that is connected to a car’s ignition and analyzes a driver’s breath to determine whether their blood alcohol level exceeds a certain level. The driver exhales into the device and, if the driver’s breath exceeds a preset limit, the ignition interlock device will prevent the vehicle from starting. A person who has been ordered to use an ignition interlock device cannot tamper with the device or solicit another to blow into the device for them to start the car. A person who does either of the aforementioned things has committed a Class A traffic violation.


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