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Ignition Interlock Devices in Maryland
Mr. Tayter represents clients in all forms of Ignition Interlock hearings at the Office of Administrative Hearings. If you are required to have an Ignition Interlock device installed in your vehicle and you get too many interlock violations, the MVA will try to suspend your driver’s license. In most cases, before the MVA can suspend your license, they must give you a chance to challenge the suspension at an administrative hearing.
Before entering private practice, Mr. Tayter was an administrative judge at over 15,000 drivers license suspension or revocation hearings, including suspensions for Interlock violations. Put Mr. Tayter’s knowledge and experience to work in defending your driver’s license and your livelihood. For more information on other aspects of Maryland DUI laws, look here.
The ignition interlock system, as well as the circumstances that would require somebody to use it, can be difficult to understand. When you have been convicted of a DUI offense, it is important that you have a complete grasp of all of the penalties the court is issuing and the best way to go about making sure you adhere to the guidelines they put forward for a recent offender. Ignition interlock is one of the ways that the state of Maryland keeps tabs on those that have had alcohol-related driving issues in the past. If you are required to use an Ignition Interlock system by the State of Maryland, we advise that you consult with an attorney to understand the best ways to use it and how to stay within the letter of the law.
Our attorneys have experience handling clients that are required to use the Ignition Interlock system, and they can advise you about how it might affect your life moving forward. Don’t go into this situation alone and without the tools to understand what is happening to you. Contact us today for more information about this system and other DUI laws in the state of Maryland.
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Edward Tayter in His Own Words
Below is an excerpt from an interview with Maryland DUI lawyer Edward Tayter where he discusses ignition interlock devices in Maryland.
What problems do you see with the ignition interlock device?
Edward Tayter: “The ignition interlock is an imperfect piece of technology. The companies that make them tend to spend more time and effort on lobbying to make people put them in their cars than they do on making sure that the machine actually works properly. Many individuals tell me horror stories about their ignition interlock, for example that they can be triggered by things beside alcohol. My favorite example is ketosis. For people who go on the Atkins diet or who do endurance sports, such as long-distance runners, bikers, or swimmers, their body goes into an alternate metabolism called ketosis, by which they digest ketones and turn them into isopropanol, rather than the standard metabolic process. The ignition interlock device can’t tell the difference between the isopropanol that their body spontaneously produces and the ethanol that they drink. I’ve had clients with ignition interlock devices who either did the Atkins diet or who were endurance runners who just ran a half-marathon and were getting positive results based on the isopropanol on their breath. Ignition interlock devices can be effective if people don’t cheat them, which a lot of people do. I’ve heard of people having one car with an ignition interlock device and another car that doesn’t have it that they drive when they go out drinking. I’ve also heard of people having a sober friend blow into the device for them so that the car will start. When I was an administrative judge in Colorado, somebody came in who carried a compressed gas cylinder in their car that they would use to blow into the interlock device.”
Do you think the ignition interlock acts as a deterrent at all?
Edward Tayter: “It is a deterrent, but nobody thinks about that when they’re getting a DUI. When someone is impaired, the first thing that gets compromised is their decision-making ability. Something that works as a deterrent for a sober person does not deter a person who is drunk. Driving under the influence by its very nature is a decision that an individual makes when their decision-making faculties are impaired. What is ordinarily a deterrent works very differently in that case. A sober individual would understand that ignition interlock devices are expensive and they probably would not want one, so in that sense, it might be a deterrent. However, when somebody is at the bar and they are drunk, they are probably not thinking about why they wouldn’t want an ignition interlock. That is not why people are lobbying to put them in everyone’s cars; they are lobbying to do that for financial reasons because they make more money by putting an interlock in everyone’s cars. They may prevent a few DUIs here and there, but they cost a lot more than they benefit.”
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