G.L. c. 90 Sec. 24 ½, requires Massachusetts Repeat DUI Offenders to use an ignition interlock device in any vehicle which the repeat offender owns, leases, or operates.
The interlock requirement is in place during the full term of any hardship, Cinderella, or work license and for an additional two years after the customer gets his or her “H” restriction removed and is issued a full-time driver’s license.
There are no exceptions to the ignition interlock requirement, which the Registry enforces with a “zero-tolerance” approach.
Many DUI offenders try to get out of the interlock requirement because of the need to drive a CDL Vehicle or work vehicle which cannot be interlock equipped. Also, motorcycle owners often attempt to get out of the ignition interlock requirement because the Registry will not allow an ignition interlock device to be installed on a motorcycle. Upon the issuance of a Massachusetts license with the “Z” restriction, the “M” motorcycle endorsement will be automatically removed. Likewise, the holder of a IID restricted license cannot have a CDL.
The interlock program allows drivers who have been convicted of 2 or more drunk driving offenses to get back on the road either with a 12 hour hardship license or full reinstatement of the offender’s regular driver’s license upon the expiration of the suspension / revocation period.
Ignition interlock violations can result in 10 year or even lifetime license revocations as well as extensions of the IID requirement. Given these severe penalties, anyone who has received a revocation notice due to alleged Ignition Interlock violations should seek legal representation. You are entitled to be represented by a lawyer at your IID Violation Hearing and effective legal representation could mean the difference between keeping your license or losing it for 10 years or life.
When determining whether or not a person is required to have the Ignition Interlock Device, MassDOT is required to utilize a lifetime look back. This means that even an old DUI from the 1970s, for example, will count against you. Furthermore, any DUI committed anywhere in the world can be counted. Drunk driving convictions and alcohol program assignments which occurred outside of Massachusetts will be treated the same as those which occurred here in Massachusetts.