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Mississippi uses two terms to describe alcohol-related driving incidents - Driving under the influence, or DUI, and operating while intoxicated (OWI). The penalties for the offenses are similar and include jail time, monetary fines, and license suspension. The legal blood alcohol content (BAC) limit in Mississippi is .08 percent, and a first offense can lead to all those penalties and more depending on the circumstances of the incident. Some eligible drivers may be able to regain their driving privileges during the suspension period. To qualify, they must meet a variety of criteria and install an ignition interlock device (IID) from an approved provider. This guide will go over the interlock process in MS.
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Offenders who install an ignition interlock device may qualify for an interlock restricted license. They must install the IID from an approved provider in order to get the license. Some offenders may have to serve a portion of their suspension period before being granted a restricted license.
The penalties for DUI and OWI increase depending on the circumstances of the offense, and if they have prior offenses on their driving record.
Penalties may increase depending on the specific circumstances of the incident and if there are offenses on record.
Refusing to take a breathalyzer test does not mean you will not have penalties. A test refusal will result in an automatic 90-day license suspension. There could be additional penalties following a test refusal hearing.
Offenders who serve the required portion of their suspension period and install an interlock device may be able to get back on the road sooner. To regain driving privileges, offenders need to:
There may be additional tasks or requirements depending on the offender’s driving record and the circumstances of the incident.
Mississippi approves of Intoxalock interlock devices. The Intoxalock system is easy to use, with a one-button operating system. The devices also feature a simple blow-inhale-blow breath pattern. Intoxalock is the #1 interlock brand in the United States, with thousands of satisfied customers.
Ignition interlock devices, often called car breathalyzers, are discreet electronic devices designed to prevent drunk driving. Here is how they work:
The length of time an interlock is required is typically listed in the statute, although the term may be extended depending on the specifics of the offense and prior record.
Offenders are responsible for covering the cost of their interlock device. The devices are leased and cost between $2.50 and $3.50 per day. Intoxalock offers flexible payment options and allows customers to pay online.
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