Michigan Lawmakers Considering Stricter Ignition Interlock Regulations

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Michigan Lawmakers Considering Stricter Ignition Interlock Regulations

Michigan Lawmakers Considering Stricter Ignition Interlock Regulations

by Van Den Heuvel Law Office

Many people in Grand Rapids are already aware that if you are convicted of operating while intoxicated – or of driving under the influence – then you might be ordered to drive with an ignition interlock device, also known as a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID). If you are repeat offender then your conviction will automatically include installing one of these devices when your driving privileges are restored.

Ignition interlock devices have proven to be an effective tool in helping deter intoxicated drivers from getting behind the wheel. However, state lawmakers are concerned that they are not always being used properly. To that end, government officials have introduced a new bill that would require makers of these devices to be certified by state Police. The law would also make it a requirement to renew those certifications yearly. Lawmakers are concerned that there are no certifications and specifications currently in place to oversee the use of these devices.

Proponents of the bill claim that even though many of these devices have been installed in thousands of vehicles throughout the state, that without the correct procedures in place to ensure their proper installation, maintenance and use, there is no guarantee that they are being used properly. Under the newly proposed bill, only licensed auto repair facilities would be allowed to install, maintain and remove these devices. Additionally, by requiring these extra procedures and certifications, those who make, install and service these devices would be held to a higher standard and more accountability.

If you already have an ignition interlock device in your vehicle these proposed changes could affect you. In addition, should you be convicted of driving under the influence in the future, you might also be affected. The best defense is to avoid driving under the influence in the first place, but at the Van Den Heuvel Law Office, we know that sometimes people make mistakes.

We also know that sometimes law enforcement officers make mistakes as well. Just because you are arrested and charged with drinking and driving that does not mean you are guilty. If you have been arrested for OWI/DUI, then don’t delay; contact us as soon as you can. We’ll fight for your rights and work to get the best results legally possible, whether that includes an ignition interlock device or not. Click here



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