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Ignition interlock requirements in Oregon

When a person has been convicted of driving under the influence in Oregon, the person can face a variety of penalties. In many cases, the person can be sentenced to jail or prison, to large fines, have their drivers' license suspended or revoked, placed on probation or sentenced to alcohol education classes. The penalties will vary on a number of different factors including the person's criminal history and the circumstances surrounding the person's arrest.

In some cases in Oregon, people will also be required to use an ignition interlock device in their car. An ignition interlock device is a machine that requires people to blow into it before starting their car. If any alcohol is detected on the person's breath, the car will not start and the violation is reported to law enforcement officials.

According to the Oregon Department of Transportation, there are four situations where people can required to use an ignition interlock device. First, anyone that has been granted a hardship license by the court is required to operate and maintain an ignition interlock device while they have the hardship license. Second, anyone that has had their license revoked because of a DUII and other traffic offense must use an ignition interlock device for five years from the end of the revocation. Third, anyone convicted of DUII in Oregon must use an ignition interlock device for one or two years. Finally, anyone enrolled in the DUII diversion program must use an ignition interlock device for the time specified by the court.

When a person is required to use an ignition interlock device, the person is responsible for all of the costs and fees required for installing and maintaining the device. Furthermore, they must use a device that meets standards set by the state.

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