First Offense OUI suspension increase but decrease at the same time

An Act To Allow Ignition Interlock Devices on Vehicles Operated by First-time Offenders of Operating Under the Influence. 

License suspensions for a first offense Operating Under the Influence increase in length while decreasing in length at the same time. The suspension period goes from 90 days to 150 days back down to 30 days with the installation of an Ignition Interlock Device. Please note this does not change the administrative period of suspension for a refusal to submit to a test to determine your blood/breath alcohol level.

A court ordered suspension for a first offense Operating Under the Influence conviction increases from 90 days to 150 days. However, the drivers license may be reinstated after 30 days of the suspension period has run if the person installs for a period of 150 days or the length of time remaining under the 150 days, whichever is shorter, an ignition interlock device approved by the Secretary of State in the motor vehicle the person operates and meets all other requirements for restoration. You have to pay a $100 reinstatement fee instead of the $50 reinstatement fee if license is restored pursuant this 30 day reinstatement section.

Some individuals may meet the financial requirements to obtain an interlock device at a discount.    A person who proves their income is at or below 150% of the federal poverty level may qualify for a 50% discount. To learn more about Maine’s Ignition Interlock Devices click here.

If you are required to use an Ignition Interlock Device but fail to use it you commit a traffic infraction. However, if you are adjudicated to have violated the Ignition Interlock Device your license will be suspended for one year for a person with one Operating Under the Influence offense, two years for a person with two Operating Under the Influence offenses, four years for a person with three Operating Under the Influence offense, and six years for four or more Operating Under the Influence offense. Remember an Operating Under the Influence offense includes a conviction and refusal to submit to a breath test to determine your blood/breath alcohol level.

The effective date is December 1, 2013.

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