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Washington Dui

By Snowhat

So you’re at your favorite Washington car show, and you had a few beers with your friends like you have done many times. So it’s been about a half hour since your last drink and you decided to call it a night and start home. On your way home you get pulled over by a police officer and he does a breathalyzer test. You just got a DUI.

So that was unexpected, you were just with your friends as normal and you got a DUI. So, what are the laws to getting a DUI? What is the IID that the police just put on your car? How do you make sure that you get your IID off your car as soon as possible?

Washington DUI Laws

First let’s look at the different ways that you can get counted for having a DUI. Your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is the measurement of how drunk you are or how much you have had to drink.

  • .08 BAC is enough for a DUI in an adult over 21. While it is difficult to tell how many drinks it take for a person to get to this level, on average it is 1 to 3 drinks.
  • .04 BAC for commercial drivers, buses, tow trucks, tractor trailers, etc. A .04 can easily be attained by one drink and two if you are a very heavy drinker.
  • .02 BAC for a minor (under 21). Having more than half a drink will usually get you to this level.

Ignition Interlock Device

If you get a DUI, it is very possible that you will get a Ignition Interlock Device (IID). An IID is a device which is much like a breathalyzer test, except it attaches to your car. If you have an IID in your car, you will not be able to start it unless you have a BAC of less than .025.

An IID can be on your car from anywhere from 6 months to over ten years. The time that you have an IID on your car depends on what type of DUI you had (DUI, Aggravated DUI, Felony DUI). If you try to start your car with more than a .04 BAC your car will not be able to start for 24 hours and it will be noted.

If you want to get your IID device removed your DMV will need to have a note from the interlock company that you have not;

  • Tried to start your car with over a .04 BAC
  • Failed any of your retests
  • Tampered with your IID
  • Forgotten the upkeep of your IID by taking it to the interlock company for calibration etc.

Remember that the best way that you can avoid getting a DUI, and a Ignition Interlock Device, is to make sure that you have not drank anything before you start to drive.