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What Georgia drivers need to know about summer heat and IIDs

Many people resist the idea of getting an ignition interlock device (IID) installed in their vehicle(s) after a DUI conviction. It can be embarrassing. It can also be inconvenient for others in the family if it’s on a shared vehicle. 

However, if it’s the only way to get some limited driving privileges back, it can be well worth it. It’s a lot better than driving without a valid license. Further, it’s been shown that IIDs save lives. They prevent people from driving drunk since the driver has to blow into it, much like a breathalyzer-type device, to show they haven’t been drinking in order for the engine to start and again, intermittently, during “rolling retests.”

Know what it takes to keep your IID in good shape

If you’re going to have an IID installed, it’s crucial to understand how they work and what can potentially cause them to report a violation (besides blowing into the device with alcohol on your breath). An IID is a complicated piece of equipment, and it can malfunction. 

Anything from leaving the engine running while you go back in the house to get something and missing a rolling retest to letting your battery get so low that it dies can potentially show up as a violation that you’ll need to address with the authorities.

It’s also important to prevent unnecessary malfunctions caused by environmental factors. Extreme temperatures, both hot and cold, can damage the device. Here in Georgia – particularly this time of year and during the upcoming months – it’s heat and blazing sun you need to watch out for.

How to help prevent heat damage

Here are a few tips to prevent heat and sun from damaging your IID:

  • Put a sleeve or other covering over it.
  • Keep a sunshade on your windshield if the car is parked outside.
  • If the mouthpiece is removable (as some are), take it off when you park the car outside.

As noted, also make sure your battery is good and keep it that way. The IID itself won’t run your battery down, but many other things can.

Certainly, it’s better to avoid a DUI conviction in the first place. Even if you’re facing a first-time DUI, it’s important to take it seriously. There may be options to fight the charge or at least get it reduced. With experienced legal guidance, you can explore these as they relate to your case.


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