What Is an Ignition Interlock Device With Regard to DWI / DUI in Connecticut?

Before 1/1/2012, if you were convicted of DWI you lost your license for one year for a first offense and three years for a second offense. After 1/1/2012, the law has changed. If convicted you now lose your license for only 45 days, BUT you have to install and use an ignition interlock device in EVERY vehicle you drive for one year for a first offense; and for three years for a second offense.

As you might expect, you have to pay all costs for installing and maintaining the device; and you can only use a device that has been approved by the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

The use of an ignition interlock device can also be made a condition of bail, probation, or the Connecticut alcohol education program (AEP).

Also note that if you have a special operator's permit (work permit or higher education permit) you still have to use an ignition interlock device.

See Connecticut General Statute Section 14-227j.
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