Georgia DUI penalties for multiple DUI convictions can be exceptionally harsh. Multiple DUI convictions in Georgia will typically result in the requirement that an ignition interlock device be installed upon the offender’s case.
An ignition interlock device (IID) is a breath alcohol screening device technology, which supposedly prevents a driver from a vehicle equipped with an interlock device if a threshold level of alcohol is reached. In Georgia, every person convicted of a 2nd DUI (or more) within the previous 5 years, as measured from the date of arrest to the arrest, is required to install an ignition interlock device upon every vehicle they operate. The cost of installation and servicing interlock devices is paid the DUI offender. For more information on the requirement to install an ignition interlock device after a DUI conviction, following this link to a summary of Georgia DUI penalties .
Interlock devices typically require the driver of the vehicle to provide samples throughout the driving time in order to ensure that the driver does not have a non-drinker submit a breath sample on his or her behalf. There are various other techniques which the interlock device manufacturers have developed to ensure that the devices cannot be “tricked.” Data from ignition interlock devices is stored and periodically downloaded.