What is an ignition interlock device?
An ignition interlock device is a device that is installed in a vehicle to prevent a driver from operating the vehicle if they have consumed alcohol. The device requires the driver to blow into a breathalyzer before starting the car, and periodically during the trip.
Who is required to install an ignition interlock device?
People convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) or going while intoxicated (DWI) offenses are typically required to install an ignition interlock device as part of their sentence or probation.
How does the device work?
The device requires the driver to blow into a breathalyzer before starting the vehicle and periodically during the trip. If the device detects a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) above the preset limit, the vehicle will not start.
How long is the device installed in the vehicle?
The length of time that the device is installed in the vehicle varies depending on the court order or probation requirements. It can range from a few months to several years.
Can I drive any vehicle with an ignition interlock device installed?
No, if you must have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle, you cannot legally drive another car without an interlock device.
Can I tamper with or remove the device?
No, tampering with or removing the ignition interlock device is illegal and can have serious legal consequences.
How much does an ignition interlock device cost?
The cost of an ignition interlock device can vary depending on the provider and the duration of the installation period.
Are there any additional fees associated with the device?
Yes, there may be additional fees associated with the installation, calibration, and maintenance of the device.
What happens if I fail a breathalyzer test?
Failing a breathalyzer test can result in consequences such as an alarm sounding, the vehicle’s lights flashing, and the device recording the event. The specifics of the consequences may vary depending on the court order or probation requirements.
Can the device be used in extreme temperatures or weather conditions?
The device is designed to function in various temperatures and weather conditions. However, extreme temperatures or weather conditions may affect the device’s performance, and it is best to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use in such situations.
What happens if I am required to provide a breath sample while driving, and I cannot safely do so?
If you cannot safely provide a breath sample while driving, you should pull over and turn off the vehicle before giving the sample. Make sure that the vehicle is parked safely before providing the sample.
Will an ignition interlock device affect my insurance rates?
It is possible that having an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle may affect your insurance rates. It is best to check with your insurance provider for more information.