It may not come as a big shock that Iowa ignition interlock violations are not taken too seriously. The law is vague, giving few details about what happens if a DUI offender decides to go rogue and not comply with his or her interlock requirement. Until Iowa increases penalties for drunk driving, including requiring the device for all DUI offenses, there is little incentive for anyone with an interlock to use their device as instructed.
Common Iowa ignition interlock violations include:
- Testing with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over the preset limit.
- Failing to install the device as ordered by the court.
- Failing to attend service appointments.
- Attempting to circumvent or otherwise tamper with the device.
To clarify, if a DUI offender fails to install the device, he or she can be found in contempt of court and face those consequences. A DUI offender with an interlock requirement who tries to circumvent the device mechanically or otherwise tamper with it will face misdemeanor charges.
Ignition interlock devices only work when they are used as instructed, but when they do their success rate can reach 90 percent. The devices can make a huge difference in offenders’ outcome after a DUI, allowing an easier time maintaining employment and lifestyle obligations. In exchange, an offender is expected to drive only their own interlock-equipped vehicle, and only if they have not been drinking.
Despite a lenient stance, Iowa ignition interlock violations can still be enforced on any DUI driver. It does not matter how many offenses have occurred, or the circumstances surrounding the violations. Once you have an interlock device, your best bet is to ensure you are compliant with your court order so that you can be free of the device, and free to move along in your own life, without any additional complications.