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3 mistakes to avoid with an ignition interlock device

On Behalf of | Mar 11, 2024 | DUI |

If you received a judgment to install and maintain an ignition interlock device in your vehicle, it comes with some responsibilities. Making mistakes with your interlock unit can lead to legal complications.

There are several common mistakes to avoid as you adjust to this addition in your car.

1. Failing to properly maintain the device

One of the most significant mistakes you can make is failing to maintain your interlock device. This includes neglecting to have it calibrated and serviced according to the schedule set by the court. You should also regularly clean the mouthpiece and ensure the device is free from damage or tampering. Failure to maintain the unit can lead to false positives and potential legal consequences.

2. Allowing others to use your vehicle

Another mistake to avoid is allowing others to drive your vehicle equipped with an ignition interlock. You are solely responsible for any violations or failed tests associated with your device, regardless of who was driving at the time. It is best to keep your vehicle keys secure and refrain from letting anyone else operate your car to prevent any unintended consequences.

3. Attempting to circumvent the device

Attempting to circumvent or tamper with your ignition interlock device is a serious offense that can result in additional legal penalties. This includes trying to bypass the device, having someone else blow into it for you or using any other method to start your vehicle without providing a clean breath sample. Not only is this illegal, but it also defeats the purpose of having the device installed in the first place.

Maintaining an ignition interlock device requires diligence and responsibility. By avoiding these three common mistakes, you can ensure compliance with your program requirements and work towards regaining your full driving privileges.