In Arizona, lawmakers have approved legislation which requires any driver convicted of a drug or alcohol related violation to pay to install and maintain an ignition interlock device on their primary vehicle and to only drive vehicles with interlock ignition devices installed upon them for a minimum term of one year from re-instatement of driving privileges. The specific statutes involved are: Arizona Revised Statutes 28-1381, 28-1382, 28-1383, 28-1461 and 28-3319.
If your driving privileges have been revoked or restricted as a result of a drug or alcohol related violation you will be required to install and maintain an ignition interlock device. This device prevents a car from starting until a self-administered breathalyzer test has been cleared. Drivers with these devices installed are required to submit to the breathalyzer test every time they want to start their car and go any where.
The interlock requirement is effective immediately. Failure to have the device installed and to provide verification to MVD within 30 days, may result in immediate suspension of your Arizona driving privilege and possible extension of the original interlock requirement.
Upon conviction of driving without an interlock device as required by ARS 28-1464 your requirement to maintain an interlock will be extended for one additional year after your original requirement would have ended.
The interlock installer is required to electronically send periodic reports of your interlock usage to MVD. If those reports indicate a failure to comply with interlock requirements, tampering, circumvention, or certain other violations, you will receive notification from MVD extending your original interlock requirement for an additional 6 to 12 months.