Ignition interlock use across the country has drastically increased over recent years. These devices show a high ability to help reduce drunk driving incidents. However, they are expensive, and most of the time, the court requires the individual to pay for it themselves.
In Georgia, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, there is no mandatory ignition interlock device law. However, the state does impose them in some cases.
There are many states that require ignition interlock devices upon a first DUI offense. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration encourages states to create these laws. In Georgia, first offense use is not mandatory, but it is optional for you if you have a DUI conviction.
Georgia does make these devices mandatory for second offenses and additional offenses. The law requires you to install a device on all vehicles you own. You also cannot operate a vehicle that does not have an ignition interlock device in it.
You will have to begin using the device as soon as you receive your driving privileges back after the suspension period. The court will require use for a minimum of 12 months. The court can require you to use the device for much longer.
It is possible for the court to issue a limited driving permit before your license suspension expires. If this happens, then you will need to use an ignition interlock device.
In all cases where the court requires a ignition interlock device, there is also a requirement for monthly monitoring visits with the service provider for the device. These visits are part of the requirement, and you must adhere to them.
The state does allow for a financial hardship exemption because these devices are expensive and you will have to pay for the installation and upkeep. If the court grants you this exemption, you are no longer able to secure a limited driving permit. You also must have a license suspension for at least one year.