If you have been charged with a DUI in California, one of the requirements of the court or of the California DMV, may be for you to have an ignition interlock device installed onto your automobile. An ignition interlock device is a breath-alcohol testing device, about the size of a cellular telephone, that is installed on the steering column of your car. Currently, California ignition interlock laws do not allow for the installation of the devices onto motorcycles due to safety concerns. The ignition interlock system will prevent the car from being started unless the driver blows into the ignition interlock device to demonstrate that he or she is below .029 percent BAC.
Navigating the DUI process can be quite an ordeal. Many individuals want to put the memory of their arrest and subsequent legal worries behind them as soon as possible. A California court order for an ignition interlock device, however, does not make this immediately possible. Smart Start of California can help. Our California ignition interlock installation specialists can help fulfill your requirements to the court and get you back on the road without delay. Contact us today at 1.800.880.3394 for more information on how we can help you.
Ignition Interlock Devices are designed to insure that the operator of the vehicle they are installed on is not under the influence of alcohol when they start or operate the automobile. It is very hard to ‘fool’ the device, as there are several safeguards to ensure that someone other than the driver does not allow a person to bypass the device:
First, it is a crime for anyone who has an ignition interlock device installed in their car to have someone else blow into it for them. The consequences of doing so could include a misdemeanor criminal conviction. It is also rather unlikely that a sober person would assist someone with alcohol in their system in bypassing an ignition interlock device.
Next, the ignition interlock device requires a particular breath pattern. It is not as simple as just blowing into the ignition interlock collection tube; the driver must exhale in a particular manner, and this requires a bit of training. Smart Start of California provides this training to people in need of an ignition interlock system. But it would be nearly impossible for someone without that particular training to get a car equipped with a Smart Start ignition interlock device otherwise.
Next, there are rolling retests. This means that the machine will require the driver to provide breath tests at random intervals while driving. These rolling restest may occur as quickly as 15 minutes, or as long as an hour after the ignition interlock device initially allowed the car to start. If the rolling rests is not successfully completed, or not taken at all, the computer device will record this and it will result in a violation for that calibration period.
For more information about the technology of Smart Start of California ignition interlock systems, or about the benefits of a Smart Start ignition interlock device, please feel free to read further, or simply call our toll-free number for assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1.800.880.3394. Our operators are standing by to help you get back on the road and in the good graces of the California Courts, call today!