One problem that comes up time and time again with DUI offenders who are sentenced to install an ignition interlock system in their vehicle is that the offender will state that he or she doesn’t have a car. There are other options as a punishment similar to an ignition interlock device that will still monitor a convicted DUI offender.
An at home alcohol test is now readily available for those DUI offenders who are sentencing to alcohol monitoring. These devices use similar technology to an ignition interlock system. Fuel cell technology, the same as used in electrochemical ignition interlock devices, converts alcohol and oxygen into an electrical current. This current is proportional to the concentration of alcohol in the individual’s breath sample.
The at home alcohol test works like an ignition interlock device in a car. The DUI offender must blow a sample into the device at given times each day (as ordered by the court). The data is recorded and it is sent to the proper monitoring agency. It is a portable device that is charged at home (in a normal outlet). When a test is requested, the offender must blow into the device. The device is easy to get as well. Makers of ignition interlock systems have developed these at home alcohol tests. The device can be picked up by the offender at a service center. Like an ignition interlock system, each month, the device has to be brought in to be recalibrated.
It can be simple for a DUI offender to comply with a court order to have at home alcohol monitoring. The device costs around the same as an ignition interlock system and functions in a similar fashion. No longer can a DUI offender use the excuse that he doesn’t have a car. There are ways to monitor an individual’s alcohol intake during his punishment.
DUI offenders will not be able to circumvent the device. Again, like an ignition interlock system, the at home alcohol monitoring system has a camera that is attached to it. The device will take a photo of whoever is blowing into it at any given time. This prevents the DUI offender from having someone else provide breath samples.
In home alcohol testing is simple and cost-effective. Like an ignition interlock system, the DUI offender is responsible for purchasing the device and maintaining it. Most at home alcohol-monitoring kits cost about the same as an ignition interlock device.