An OUI conviction is a serious offense in Connecticut. Anyone caught operating a vehicle under the influence risks serious penalties. In order to regain driving privileges, offenders may be required to install an ignition interlock device. This guide will help you learn everything you need to know about the rules and regulations around IIDs in Connecticut.
The legal BAC (blood alcohol content) limit in Connecticut is .08 percent. Offenders caught driving with a BAC of .08 or higher are at risk for a variety of administrative and financial penalties. Some drivers may have their license suspended, and will be required to install an ignition interlock device in order to obtain their Special Operator’s Permit. The Special Operator’s Permit will allow them to drive during their suspension period.
Most drivers in Connecticut arrested for OUI will have their car towed and impounded at the time of their arrest. They also may incur the following penalties:
Refusing to take a BAC test when you are pulled over or arrested for OUI does not mean you are free from consequences. There are penalties for this situation.
In Connecticut, qualified offenders may be eligible for a special operator’s license. This license allows them to drive to certain locations like work and school. In some cases, the offender may be required to install an ignition interlock device. However, not all special operator’s license holders are required to have an interlock. This is because the license is used for other types of offenders, not just drunk drivers. See if you qualify by checking criteria below.
Eligible drivers may be able to have their driver's license restored after the suspension period ends.
There are several penalties that require ignition interlock devices in Connecticut, and it is required for many OUI offenders in order to get their Special Operator’s permit.
Ignition interlock devices, or IIDs, are small devices installed in your vehicle that:
The length of the time the devices are required is determined by statute and the court. More time may be added depending on specific circumstances.
Ignition interlock devices are leased by the offender, not purchased outright. Typically the cost to rent an ADS interlock device is between $2.50 and $3.50 per day, and ADS offers flexible payment options.
Thanks to our large partner network, ADS offers more installation locations than any other provider in the United States. There are several Connecticut locations to choose from. You’ll need to return every 30 days for calibration so choose a convenient location.