Don’t let the Mississippi heat cause problems with your IID

On Behalf of | Aug 12, 2022 | DUI Defense

In Mississippi, a judge can order anyone convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) to have an ignition interlock device (IID) installed in any vehicle they drive in order to get their suspended driver’s license reinstated on a restricted basis. Even refusing a blood alcohol concentration test can get you a license suspension and require you to have an IID to avoid a complete license suspension.

There are other situations short of a conviction that may require an IID restricted license to continue driving. If you’re considering whether to get an IID or rely on friends and Ubers for months or possibly longer, it’s crucial to understand and follow all the requirements that go along with it, such as taking it in as scheduled to have it calibrated. 

An IID is essentially a Breathalyzer-type tool you have to blow into to prove your sobriety before the ignition will work (and as prompted while driving). Like any electronic device, it can sometimes malfunction. Unfortunately, a malfunction can read as though you failed the sobriety check and land you in more legal trouble – or at least take up considerable time as you try to get things straightened out.

Sometimes, environmental factors can cause issues with an IID. People in colder climates have to make sure it doesn’t freeze. Here in Mississippi, IID users can have a problem – particularly during the summer – with excessive heat interfering with the device.

How to protect your device from sun and heat

With a few simple steps, you can help protect your IID from heat and sun:

  • Buy a sleeve or other covering for your IID.
  • Remove the mouthpiece (if it’s removable) when you get out of the car and keep it with you or somewhere safe. Otherwise, it could melt.
  • Keep a sunshade on your windshield.

Also, make sure your battery is always charged. Extreme temperatures (hot or cold) can be hard on a battery, but this is important no matter what the weather. A dead battery will cause all kinds of problems with your IID. 

Before deciding to get an IID, it’s essential to understand how it works and to be sure you can abide by the regulations. Having legal guidance can help you decide if it’s the right option for you.

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