Since August 15, 2010, Courts in Suffolk County must sentence a person convicted of either a Misdemeanor or a Felony DWI to a period of probation or to a conditional discharge that will require the installation and use of an ignition interlock device in any motor vehicle owned or operated by any person convicted under this law. The ignition interlock device must remain in the vehicle for at least 12 months, unless otherwise permitted by the court.
An ignition interlock device connects to a motor vehicle ignition system and measures the alcohol content in the breath of the operator. The device prevents the vehicle from being started until the motorist provides an acceptable breath sample.
If ignition interlock device is ordered by a Suffolk Court, the system must be installed on each vehicle the motorist owns or operates. The ignition interlock restriction will be added to the driver license record even if the license is revoked. The restriction will appear on the back of the driver license document as "interlock device".
Suffolk Courts and the Suffolk County probation department will direct convicted motorists to vendors for ignition interlock installation. Typically, there is a charge to install the device as well as a monthly servicing or monitoring fee. This fee may be waived if economic hardship can be established.
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