There is a major flaw in Oklahoma’s new DUI law, which is aimed at deterring motorists who were caught driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol from repeating the offense. The new law requires convicted offenders to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle, regardless of whether they were arrested for drunk driving or for driving under the influence of drugs.
The law has been criticized because ignition interlock devices can only detect alcohol on a person’s breath. If a motorist is under the influence of drugs but did not consume any alcohol, the device will not actually prevent the car from starting.
If you are facing charges for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, turn to the Henson Law Firm, PLLC. Attorney Rob Henson will investigate your arrest to identify any procedural errors made by police and other evidence to strengthen your defense. Call 918-551-8995 today to schedule a free initial consultation with a drug crime lawyer in Tulsa.
How Does an Ignition Interlock Device Work?
An ignition interlock device connects to the vehicle’s electrical system and is calibrated to prevent the car from starting if it detects a blood alcohol concentration that is at or above a predetermined limit. If your BAC is not above the limit, your car will start, but you will be required to take “retests” periodically as you drive to your destination. The results of each test are recorded, and if you commit a violation, you will face penalties.
Can I Start My Vehicle without Blowing into the Device?
No. If you have an ignition interlock device in your vehicle, you will not be able to start the engine without blowing into the device and delivering a breath sample that is less than the calibrated limit.
Is It Possible to Install an Ignition Interlock Device on a Motorcycle?
Currently, there is nothing in Oklahoma’s statutes, rules, or regulations that prohibits the installation of an ignition interlock device on a motorcycle.
What If the Device in My Vehicle Malfunctions?
If your ignition interlock device malfunctions, you can simply call a licensed service center or the device’s manufacturer. You can find the Oklahoma service center nearest to you here.
Can I Drive Another Vehicle If I Am Required to Maintain an Ignition Interlock Device in My Own?
Oklahoma law prohibits individuals who are required to have an ignition interlock device in their car from driving a vehicle that does not have one installed.
If you are facing DUI charges in Oklahoma, contact the Henson Law Firm, PLLC. In a free initial consultation, Rob Henson will evaluate your case, answer your questions, and explain your defense options.
Call 918-551-8995 today to schedule a consultation with a criminal defense attorney in Tulsa. You can learn more about fighting DUI charges in Oklahoma by visiting the USAttorneys website.