Ignition Interlock Information for Partners
What is Ignition Interlock and How Does it Work?
Ignition interlock is a device that is installed under the vehicle dashboard and is connected to the starter. For a person to start a vehicle they must blow into the device and measure an alcohol content under 0.02. If the alcohol content is at 0.02 or above, the car will not start and the information will be recorded and later transmitted to the monitoring authority.
New Minnesota DWI Administrative License Sanctions beginning July 1, 2011
Administrative license sanctions imposed on drivers that are arrested for DWI will significantly change starting July 1, 2011.
- First-time DWI offenders with a 0.16 and above alcohol-concentration level and all second time DWI offenders that choose not to use ignition interlock will not have driving privileges ranging from one (1) year to two (2) years depending on offense level.
- DWI offenders with three (3) or more offenses in a 10 year period will be required to use the ignition interlock for a period of three (3) to six (6) years depending on offense level.
- Interlock users will regain full driving privileges, ensuring they are driving with a valid license and not a threat on the roadway.
- Interlock will be used to monitor chronic DWI offenders to verify reinstatement requirements.
Partner Resources for New DWI Sanctions
Since the DWI administrative sanctions often intertwine with the criminal penalties, it is important for the legal community to understand the changes to the DWI law. In addition to the information provided, the Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor handout
will provide information specifically for prosecutors.
Probation officers play an important role in the DWI system and often interact most frequently with DWI offenders. Probation officers can encourage compliance with licensing requirements and installation of ignition interlock. Ignition interlock is a tool that can be used by probation to determine risk level for re-offense.
Minnesota law enforcement has always demonstrated that DWI enforcement is a primary focus of their efforts. Since law enforcement makes the initial contact with DWI offenders and future or current interlock users, it’s critical they understand how interlock works and what to do when encountering interlock at traffic stops.
Law Enforcement Resources