Restricted interlocks, also known as ignition interlocks, are devices that prevent you from starting your car without first providing a breath sample to measure whether you have consumed any alcohol. Restricted interlocks are used to monitor people with previous alcohol-related convictions, often during probation.
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How it works
A restricted interlock is a machine that analyzes the level of alcohol in your breath. It is connected to your car's ignition. In order to start the engine, you must blow a sample into the analyzer which then measures the concentration of alcohol. If your breath alcohol is less than the amount set on the start-up function, your car will start. If not, the engine will not start, and you won't be able to operate your car until you can successfully pass the test.
When it's used
Restricted interlocks are used for people who have been charged with a second DWI offense – the devices are typically required during probation and as a condition for release from jail on bond.
Restricted interlocks are required for people charged with Intoxication Assault or Manslaughter – and in fact, if you have been charged with either of these or a second DWI, you may not be able to drive any vehicle that isn't equipped with a restricted interlock.
The court will submit a notice to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) once it is determined that you meet the requirements for a restricted interlock. DPS then notifies you that your license is set to expire within 30 days and provides information for applying for a special license. After you have applied and paid the fee, you will receive your special license authorizing you to operate a vehicle equipped with a restricted interlock. You must keep the interlock on your car until DPS receives a court order removing the restriction.
If you or a family member has been ordered to obtain a restricted interlock device, prompt action is essential if you want to retain your privilege to drive. Contact the Texas drunk driving attorneys at Minton, Burton, Bassett, & Collins now by calling (512) 476-4873 or contact us via email. We will defend your rights and reputation.
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