Deputy Director Neubauer
Phone: (631) 852-5069
||An ignition interlock device is a ‘breath alcohol analyzer,’ which is connected to a vehicle’s ignition system, and monitors the use of alcohol by those offenders convicted and sentenced for an alcohol-related DWI. In order to start a vehicle equipped with this device, the vehicle operator is required to submit to a breath test, the results of which are reported to the Probation Department. If the interlock device detects alcohol in the breath sample at or above .025% BAC [Breath Alcohol Concentration], the operator will be prevented from starting the vehicle, thus helping to protect the public from those offenders who attempt to drive while under the influence of alcohol.
||Ignition interlock is a mandatory condition of sentence for those offenders convicted of an alcohol related DWI (misdemeanor or felony), to include violations of the NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law under sections 1192.2, 2-a, or 3, and who are sentenced on or after 8/10/2010. Ignition interlock is also a mandatory condition of sentence for those offenders convicted of any Penal law offense of which a violation of the 1192 sections cited above is also an essential element. The law requires installation of the interlock device in any vehicle owned or operated by the offender during the term of Probation or Conditional Discharge, and in no event for less than six (6) months, regardless of the status of the offender’s license or privilege to operate a motor vehicle.
||Only those offenders who own or operate a motor vehicle at any point during the interlock term specified by the sentencing court will be required to install the device. All costs and fees associated with the installation and maintenance of that device are the responsibility of the offender. However, if the sentencing court determines that the offender cannot afford the expense associated with the interlock program, the court may either impose a payment plan, or waive the cost altogether, depending on the offender’s financial circumstances. Therefore, even those offenders with limited financial resources are not excluded from participation.
||Those offenders subject to ignition interlock condition of sentence will be identified by the assigned probation officer when community supervision/monitoring begins. Offenders will be given contact information for all authorized interlock vendors serving the county, so as to insure offender compliance with all statutory requirements.