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Louisiana is a popular vacation spot, especially for big parties like Mardi Gras. But there are still strict laws in place to deter people from drinking and driving. Louisiana has strict DWI laws, and they’ve grown stricter over the years. In 2015, suspension periods were lengthened for most offenses.
There are financial and administrative penalties. Some offenders may be eligible to regain their driving privileges if they install an ignition interlock device approved by the state.
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Louisiana suspends driver’s licenses after all DWI offenses, but some offenders can get back on the road during their suspension period. To do so, they’re required to install an ignition interlock device and meet a variety of other criteria.
DWI offenses are treated very seriously in Louisiana. These laws are in place to hopefully deter people from drinking and driving.
A second-time DWI offender may have their license suspended for two years, and four years if their BAC is over .15 percent. In addition, there are financial penalties and other requirements like treatment programs and potential community service. To regain driving privileges, drivers are required to install an IID from an approved provider like Intoxalock. They must present proof of installation before acquiring a restricted license.
Recently, Louisiana updated their interlock program to decrease recidivism. Now, their interlock program is compliance-based, which means time can be added to an offender’s interlock term for certain violations. Offenders will also have to have their device calibrated every 30 days. The violations include: tampering, circumventing the device once during installation, failure to have proper service every 30 days more than twice during the period of installation, 3 or more initial or retest breath test failures or failures to retest during a 30-day period, or any unauthorized removal of the device. Any of these violations can result in a 30-day extension for first-time DUI offenders, and a 6-month extension for repeat DUI offenders.
The recent updates also eliminate the waiting period for hardship licenses for offenders with a BAC at or above .15 percent.
Louisiana still has consequences for offenders who refuse to submit to a breath, urine, or blood test when stopped for suspected DWI. If a driver refuses the test, they can be penalized with a one-year license suspension, and their license will be immediately seized. If the driver has a past refusal within 10 years, their license will be suspended for two years and they will be required to have an IID for six months. Offenders are eligible to get a hardship license if they install an ignition interlock device.
Some offenders may be eligible to regain their driving privileges if they agree to install an ignition interlock device. They must comply with the state’s interlock requirements or risk their interlock term being extended. They may also be required to meet other criteria, including:
The court may require additional criteria depending on the specifics of the incident.
Intoxalock is an approved state provider in Louisiana and our devices meet all criteria. We can also help you get back on the road fast.
Ignition interlock devices are also known as car breathalyzers. The devices are installed and connected to your starter to require a breath test before driving. The devices:
This is typically outlined in the statute, though the court may add on additional time depending on the circumstances of the drunk driving incident.
Intoxalock has more than 5,000 locations nationwide. You can find a location within 15 minutes easily, and we can help.
The offender is responsible for the cost of their own interlock device. Devices cost between $2.50 and $3.50. Intoxalock offers flexible payment options.
Louisiana has recently established an Affordability Program for eligible offenders with an IID. They can receive a 50% discount on installation, calibration, removal and leasing costs for their IID if they prove they are eligible to receive SNAP, Medicaid, SSDI, SSI, or indigent public defender program.
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