What Are Ignition Interlock Devices?
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If you are found guilty of drunk driving, you may be court-ordered to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle. This device requires you to blow into a blood alcohol content (BAC) meter. If your BAC is above a certain amount, the car will not start.
Ignition interlock devices are small and often require the driver to breathe into them several times during a typically drive. This prevents a sober friend of the driver from blowing into the device to start the vehicle, but leaving the intoxicated person to drive.
If you have questions about ignition interlock devices and if your situation will warrant the use of one, consult with a drunk driving defense attorney today. Call Donahue, Sowa & Magana at 630-232-1780 or contact us online.
Ignition interlock devices may not be perfect.
Although these devices may help some defendants prove that they no longer have a problem with alcohol, they also have a history of malfunctioning. Interlocks have been known to register false positive readings, especially after an individual has used mouthwash or eaten foods containing sugar and yeast. They often easily break due to the complicated technology required for them to work.
In addition, if another person also uses the vehicle that contains the device, that person must also use it to start the vehicle. Add to that the costs of the device, including a installment and rental fees, and use of ignition interlocks can be extremely inconvenient.
The law concerning the use of interlock devices varies depending on where you live. If you have any questions about this device or any other DUI or DWI-related matter, contact a drunk driving defense lawyer today.