The state of Georgia is serious about keeping impaired drivers off the road and the penalties become increasingly harsh for repeat offenders.
If you have a second or subsequent DUI within five years, you can expect the court to order an ignition interlock device as one of several penalties.
Second offense issues
If you have a second conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol within five years of the first offense, you are looking at a minimum of 48 hours behind bars, a fine of between $600 and $1,000, 30 days of community service, participation in an alcohol treatment program and license suspension of three years. The state will also seize your license plates.
About the IID
With a second or subsequent conviction for DUI, the court will order you to have an ignition interlock device installed in any vehicle you drive unless this poses a financial hardship for you. The IID is basically a small computer with a mouthpiece. The device attaches to the wiring in your car. If the IID detects no alcohol when you breathe into the mouthpiece, the vehicle will start and off you go.
Like almost any other piece of equipment, the IID can malfunction. It can also register a false positive if, for example, it detects the alcohol content in the mouthwash you used before breathing into the mouthpiece. You are responsible for maintaining the IID at your expense, including any repairs or adjustments it may need. However, you may consider this a small price to pay for the opportunity to get back on the road despite the DUI on your record.