The ignition interlock technology a part of car breathalyzers has come a long way from its rough and tumble beginnings. Like many electronic products that start out bulky and complicated, ignition interlock products were no exception to that fact. Nonetheless, dramatic device improvements have moved ignition interlock technology to the forefront of being easy-to-use, highly sophisticated, and designed to be minimally intrusive to your day-to-day environment while equally fulfilling your legal requirement to use your car safely. You have inherited the many benefits from the advancements in ignition interlock technology. You can expect a highly accurate and reliable device when leasing your affordable car breathalyzer ignition interlock system from the installation location near you.
Ignition interlock technology takes the legally accepted standard of measuring your blood alcohol content through your breath and comparing it to the defined tolerance level to determine that you are within the level to safely drive your car. The technology is applied to a car breathalyzer device which includes the electronics that record each and every required breath sample you deliver.
The car breathalyzer device is about the size of a typical cell phone. A car breathalyzer includes two main components that are hard-wired to your car’s ignition together; the programmed base unit and the breath sampler. The programmed base unit is most often mounted inside your glove box and out of view. The breath sampler component is mounted atop your car’s dashboard or conveniently integrated with your steering column.
What makes the car breathalyzer device accurate for legal tracking of your ability to drive is the adaptation of fuel cells with ignition interlock technology. This technology and today’s car breathalyzer devices are the same used by police officers. While a breath sample is an indirect measure of your blood alcohol levels, it has been scientifically proven to be as effective as a standard blood or urine test.
The fuel cells include electrical chips. When you provide a breath sample to the car breathalyzer, the electrochemical aspects of the sample are captured by the electrical chips which generate an electromechanical signal that passes to the programmed base unit and are measured against the stored blood alcohol content level. Your car’s ignition will not start if the measured value exceeds the car breathalyzer’s programmed value.
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Ignition interlock technology has many safeguards built in to limit trouble with your unit and to avoid tampering with or bypassing the car breathalyzer. Fundamentally, you can be charged with a misdemeanor when you allow another person to provide a breath sample for you. You might wonder how the car breathalyzer device would ‘know’ that you were not the one who provided the breath sample. Ignition interlock technology includes the application of one’s breathing pattern unique from another. When your car breathalyzer is installed, you will be asked to provide your breathing pattern to train the system that it is you providing each breath sample.
Another safeguard built in to the car breathalyzer system is the requirement of rolling retests. Upon successfully starting your car, you will be required to provide breath samples while driving at pre-defined random intervals anywhere from as little as 5 minutes to an hour. Should you fail to take any required rolling retest or fail a rolling retest, the system will record a violation. Any and all violations will be shared with the State upon your monthly calibration appointment at the service dealer’s location that installed your car breathalyzer.
Our advice to you is to make the best use of this technology while you are required to have it in your life. The good news is that you can continue your livelihood and quality of life despite the DUI c conviction on your record. Stay in compliance with the terms and requirements of your interim driving privileges to successfully get through the ignition interlock program and be the better for so doing.