A new law effective January 1, 2012 requires drivers in Oregon's DUII Diversion program to install ignition interlock devices for the duration of the diversion period. DUII Diversion is a program typically reserved for first time DUII offenders. The requirements of diversion include participation in an alcohol rehabilitation program, attendance at a Victim Impact Panel, and payment of court fees. Successful completion of the diversion program results in dismissal of the DUII.
Before 2012, Diversion participants could drive as long as they had a valid driver's license and insurance. Under the new diversion law, driving is allowed only with installation of an ignition interlock device for the one-year diversion period. These devices prevent the operation of an automobile after the detection of alcohol. The installation and monthly charges for the device will be an added financial strain for those who opt to enter the diversion program.