Ignition Interlock Device Laws

  • Rhode Island ignition interlock device laws require that anyone convicted of a third DWI offense install an interlock device in any vehicle he or she operates.
  • The device must remain installed for a period of two years after the end of the court-ordered suspension period.
  • The court may also require the installation of an ignition interlock device for any offender as a condition of reinstated driving privileges after an administrative license suspension.

License Suspension

Administrative Suspension

In Rhode Island, any driver who registers a BAC of .08% or higher while driving may be charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI).

If the driver registers this level on a field breathalyzer test when stopped, or if the driver refuses to take a test, he or she is subject to an immediate administrative license suspension under DUI laws in Rhode Island.

Judicial Suspension

In addition to the administrative suspension, any driver who is convicted of DWI is also subject to a court-ordered license suspension.

Penalties are more severe for offenders whose BAC registers above .10% at the time of arrest.

Offenders under the age of 21 face additional penalties.

DUI Penalties and Fees in Rhode Island

1st Offense Fine: $100 to $400
Jail Time: Up to 1 year
Period of License Suspension: 30 days to 18
2nd Offense Fine: $300 to $1,000
Jail Time: Up to 1 year
Period of License Suspension: 1 to 2 years
3rd Offense Fine: $400 to $5,000
Jail Time: 1 to 5 years
Period of License Suspension: 3 years

Get Your Suspended Drivers License Reinstated

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Source(s): 31 R.I. Gen. Laws §§ 31-27-2, 31-27-2.8
DMV.org: The DMV Made Simple. DUI & DWI in Rhode Island. Retrieved April 17, 2017 from http://www.dmv.org/ri-rhode-island/automotive-law/dui.php

Last Updated: December 14, 2020

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