Ignition interlock systems make it much easier to track and monitor DUI offenders after they leave the court system. The device allows the offender’s probation officer or judge to review progress or violations. Reports from the device are sent directly to the monitoring agency. In fact, it is possible to log in and check a DUI offender’s reports 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Without an ignition interlock system, there is absolutely no way to track a DUI offender. Studies show convicted drunk drivers are extremely likely to drive under the influence again, and many of them will never get caught.
Monitoring the offender is critical to the success of an ignition interlock system. Keeping close ties on the offender can work in two ways. Firstly, it can motivate the offender to maintain proper behavior and fulfill obligations to the program. Secondly, it can help catch an offender who attempts to drink and drive, thus keeping our streets safe, and allowing for the proper punishments following a violation. On the more practical side, monitoring makes sure the ignition interlock device is being calibrated and maintained appropriately.
Another way in which monitoring can help keep our streets safe is by opening a line of communication with the offender. Discussions with the participants can facilitate entry into the appropriate treatment program. Monitoring can also help determine the DUI offender’s risk of recidivism. In order to make this relationship work, it is recommended that there be regular contact with the DUI offender, especially early on.
Monitoring is simple with ignition interlock systems thanks to the data recorder. This recorder will prevent any possible tampering with the device. The recorder will monitor every single breath test, any attempt to circumvent the system (ie: trying to disconnect the system), and all information about the offender’s attempts to start the vehicle.
Modern technology has made it nearly impossible to circumvent the system. Sensors can detect any and all attempts to disconnect, tamper with, bypass or re-wire the device. It is possible to circumvent the system, but not without the interlock system recording the successful attempt. Even if the DUI offender is able to trick the device, it will be recorded as a violation. Remember, the offender will know that all events are being recorded, and this, more than anything, will deter him or her from trying to circumvent the machine.
Ignition interlock devices make it much more simple to keep tabs on a DUI offender. Unlike reporting to a probation officer or having to attend alcohol education classes, the ignition interlock device is the only punishment that will literally prevent the DUI offender from being able to get behind the wheel with alcohol in his or her system.