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Ignition Interlock – Truths versus Myths

The DUI Ignition Interlock device has been on the market for years and has come a long way from its cumbersome and ineffective beginnings many years ago. Interestingly, myths still abound with this technology despite its years of advances. We are here to help you separate the fiction from fact for both the DUI ignition interlock device and the ignition interlock laws.

Read on to sort out fact from fiction, truth from myth.

Myth: Do I really need the DUI Ignition Interlock device since my license is suspended?

Truth: While ignition interlock laws in each state vary, some states grant an interim driver’s license to a person convicted of a DUI so the driver can continue to earn a living and go about his/her everyday life. Other states mandate an ignition interlock device immediately following a conviction for DUI. If you live in a state where ignition interlock devices are mandated, or if the judge in your case ordered a DUI ignition interlock device, you must have a device installed in your car by the ignition interlock dealer you choose.

Myth: I cannot afford to get the ignition interlock device

Truth: The DUI ignition interlock device is affordable. Although it is an additional bill in your life, the truth is that paying for an ignition interlock device is considerably cheaper than paying for cabs or losing your job. In many areas, there is free or low-cost installation. In addition, the monthly lease fee is typically very affordable. If you’re concerned about the cost, consider that the DUI ignition interlock device provides such benefits from the time you are mandated to have it installed in your vehicle.

Myth: Installation of the ignition interlock device is time-consuming

Truth: The DUI ignition interlock system is installed within a short period of time at your appointed time by your dealer. Typically, the installation will take less than two hours of your day. You will have to come back once per month for calibration, but the calibration period is typically a very short appointment. As you can see, the time commitment for your device is very small – about one hour (or less) per month.

Myth: Once installed, the ignition interlock system cannot be removed from my car

Truth: Depending on the laws in your state and the judge in your case, you may have the DUI ignition interlock device anywhere from 90 days to five years. During this time, you may not remove the ignition interlock system for any reason. However, as you near the end of the prescribed period, you will want to contact the court or your attorney about the process to remove the DUI ignition interlock system from your vehicle. Once you have had the ignition interlock device installed for the requisite time period, the ignition interlock device provider will happily and quickly remove the device from your car. Remember: do not attempt to remove the ignition interlock by yourself. You must contact the ignition interlock provider in order to remove the device.

Myth: A DUI ignition interlock device will drain the car battery

Truth: Actually, when you regularly use your vehicle, the ignition interlock device should not affect your battery. The only car problem you might expect is battery drain from not using your vehicle for an extended period. In fact, one’s car battery will die far faster from leaving their lights on than from an installed DUI ignition interlock system. When the ignition interlock device is installed, consult with the installation tech about how much energy the DUI ignition interlock device takes from your vehicle’s battery.

Myth: Hair spray, cologne, perfume, mouthwash and breath spray interfere with DUI Ignition Interlock device breath test results

Truth: This is only true for those products that contain at least 30 percent alcohol. However, there are workarounds to this. For breath spray and mouthwash, you can dilute the alcohol in the base product you have by adding or mixing with water. Also, the effect of the alcohol lasts for only 15 minutes; therefore, you can time the use of such products before you need to use your vehicle. You also have the option to purchase such products that clearly have lower alcohol concentrations. Read the labels to check for products that have low alcohol content. Using these products or using alcohol-based products at least 15 minutes before you start the car should eliminate all issues with the ignition interlock device.