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Alaska takes road safety seriously, and refers to drunk driving incidents as OUI, or operating under the influence. The legal blood alcohol content (BAC) limit throughout the large state is .08 percent, and those found to violate this rule risk a variety of financial and administrative penalties. Penalties include license suspension, though some offenders may be able to regain their driving privileges by installing an interlock device and participating in Alaska’s IID program. This guide will go over how the IID process works in Alaska.
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Offenders who violate the Alaska OUI laws will have their license suspended, even on the first offense. After serving a portion of their suspension period, eligible offenders who install an IID may be granted an interlock license. This will allow them to drive during the suspension period.
Penalties in Alaska increase depending on the severity of the offense, and if there are prior offenses on record.
If there are two prior convictions on record within 10 years, and a third is committed, the penalties increase significantly. A third OUI in 10 years can result in up to five years in jail, fines up to $50,000, and permanent license revocation. Some offenders can apply for an IID license to drive to and from work or alcohol abuse treatment.
Refusing a blood alcohol content or breathalyzer test does not remove consequences for an offender. Refusing a test can result in an immediate license suspension and additional possible penalties.
Qualified offenders may be able to get back on the road during their suspension period. After serving a specific portion, eligible offenders can apply for an interlock license, which will allow them to drive as long as they have an IID installed. Here is what offenders must do:
There may be additional criteria depending on the specifics of the alcohol-based driving offenses.
Alaska’s state government approves of Intoxalock devices, meaning they meet the requirements needed to get an IID license. Intoxalock devices are easy to use, with a one-button operating system and a simple blow pattern for testing. All test results are reported to the state monitoring authority.
An IID is a small device, sometimes called a car breathalyzer. They are installed into a vehicle’s system in such a way that the driver must pass a test before they can start their car. Here is how they work:
The statute typically determines how long the IID is required, but this can change depending on the circumstances of the offense and other factors.
In addition to fines, there are many other costs resulting from an OUI offense. This can include increased insurance costs and additional transportation costs. It also includes the cost of an interlock device, which offenders are responsible for. The devices typically cost between $2.50 and $3.50 per day.
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