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How Long Do You Have To Have A Breathalyzer In Your Car?

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If you are found guilty of drunk driving, one of the requirements that will be imposed on your by the court is to have a breathalyzer installed in your car. This requirement must be met if you are looking forward to having your driving privileges reinstated. For most people, a DUI conviction is an overwhelming interaction with the law and it can be quite limiting. The amount of time that elapses before you get back on the road with a clean driver’s license depends on how long your sentence is going to last. The following examples might help to shed light on what to expect in various circumstances;

Penalties for failing to prove innocence for suspended license

First failure incident – if the alcohol levels detected are between 0.08 and 0.149%, the driver loses driving privileges for 30 days and thereafter can only if an ignition interlock device is installed in their vehicle for a period of 6 months. This period could, however, go up to 2 months if the offender has had a prior minor conviction. If the alcohol detected is more than 0.149%, the driver gets a full year license suspension followed by another year driving with an ignition interlock device.

Second, third and fourth failure incident – If the alcohol detected is between 0.08 and 0.149%, the driver gets a full year license suspension followed by another year driving with an ignition interlock device. If the detected alcohol levels are 0.150% or more, the suspension lasts one full year followed by 2 and 3 years driving with a breathalyzer for second and third tests respectively. The fourth incident of failure by are 0.150% or more attracts a one-year suspension of license followed by 4 years driving with an ignition interlock.

Did you know that you can still be charged with DUI in Kansas even if you refused to take the alcohol detection test? This is a double offense because the refusal will be treated as an independent charge. Anytime you refuse this test, the arresting offer can still present data to convict you to get your driver’s license suspended. In addition, you will be required to use a vehicle with an ignition interlock device for 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10 years for the first, second, third, fourth and fifth time respectively.

Whether your duration of breathalyzer use is 1 or 10 years, it can feel quite overwhelming to get by. The hard part is getting the device installed and your life will go back to near normal. Here are some tips to survive;

  1. Be comfortable with what you are supposed to do to initiate a successful ignition of your vehicle. Once the technician is done installing the breathalyzer, they will walk you through the process of using it. Ask as many questions as you feel necessary to get comfortable.
  2. Take note of the device maintenance schedule because it needs to be recalibrated every 1 – 6 months.


Tanya Mendes November 3, 2022 at 10:41 pm Reply

If I have been required to have a breathalyzer in my car for two year but i haven’t had a vehicle for this period. Will i still be required after the 2yrs is up to put a breathalyzer in any future vehicle.

Richard u mitchell jr. June 1, 2023 at 12:14 pm Reply

I had mines for 2 years

William Fuller September 26, 2023 at 11:36 am Reply

If you didn’t drive for 25 year do stil have put breathalyzer test in your car. Asking questions for my brother. I have no DWI throw anything.

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