Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID)
Any first-time DUI offender who wishes to obtain and is eligible for driving relief during the period of statutory suspension is required to have a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) installed on his/her vehicle. To be eligible for driving relief, the offender must return the application for a Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP) to this office. Following the application process, a BAIID will be installed on his/her vehicle through the Secretary of State's office. An MDDP and installation of a BAIID allow an offender to drive anywhere at anytime as long as he/she is driving a vehicle installed with a BAIID. The Secretary of State's office monitors and reads the BAIID throughout the duration of the permit. The BAIID will alert the Secretary of State's office if the driver attempts any incidents of driving under the influence or tampers with the BAIID device.
A DUI offender may decline the Secretary of State’s offer of a MDDP and instead choose to restrain from driving during the suspension period. However, an offender who chooses not to participate in the program and is subsequently caught driving a vehicle during the suspension period, is guilty of a Class 4 felony. Additionally, an offender who participates in the BAIID program and is subsequently caught driving a vehicle without a BAIID device installed is guilty of a Class 4 felony. Penalties include possible imprisonment of 1-3 years, a minimum 30 days in jail or 300 hours of community service, and fines up to $25,000.
An offender is responsible for all costs associated with the installation and monitoring of a BAIID unless an offender is determined indigent by the courts. Listed are the average fees, however each vendor charges different fees. See vendor websites for actual charges.
- Installation — $85 paid to vendor
- Monthly BAIID rental — $80 a month paid to vendor
- Monthy monitoring fees — $30 a month payable up front to the Secretary of State's Office prior to MDDP issuance (non-refundable)
- A BAIID uses advanced technology to read a driver's blood-alcohol content (BAC) before allowing the vehicle to be started. It is installed in the ignition of a vehicle and prevents the offender from starting the car if his/her breath sample registers a BAC of .025 or more. If the breath sample is negative for alcohol, the vehicle will start without incident.
- The BAIID requires an initial blow to start the vehicle and at random intervals throughout the trip.
- Anyone driving the vehicle must use the BAIID. The MDDP holder is responsible for all actions recorded on the device.
- The Secretary of State's office downloads information from the BAIID every 60 days. If a violation(s) is detected, the offender will receive a letter from the Secretary of State's office requesting an explanation of the violation(s). If the offender does not respond to the request or the explanation is insufficient, the suspension maybe extended for an additional three months per violation and/or the MDDP may be cancelled. Three extensions may result in the car being impounded for a period of at least 30 days.
- Four extensions may result in the car being seized/forfeited.