Interlock Technology

Using an ignition interlock system is a reliable, save and effective way to punishment those convicted of drunk driving and to keep them off the streets if they are drinking. In fact, thanks to new technology, it is nearly impossible for an offender to circumvent the system. Ignition interlock devices keep our streets safe, and are easy for people to operate. That means the folks that you convict will be punished by having to install an ignition interlock system in their vehicle.

So how does the new technology work? Back when ignition interlock systems were first developed in the 1970s, there were many challenges that made it simple for offenders to shirk the system. Limitations included the fact that drivers could have someone else blow into the device to start the vehicle, or the wiring could be tampered with. But thanks to new technology, it is no longer possible for these things to happen. In fact, these devices are so stringent, that many states around the country are now requiring EVERY first time offender to have an ignition interlock system installed in his or her vehicle.

The ignition interlock device will record information that will allow the authorities to monitor the DUI offender. The device will keep data of all breath tests and all running re-tests, regardless of the offender’s BAC. It will record any failure to submit to a breath test, and every attempt to tamper with the device. If the driver fails the breath test, if the vehicle isn’t turned off, that will also be recorded. The device will also monitor each time the car is turned on and off, the mileage, time period the car was driven, and lockouts to the vehicle. Ignition interlock systems will also record if the DUI offender uses the emergency override feature (this option is not available on all ignition interlock systems).

Advances in ignition interlock systems have made convicted drunk driving offenders stay off the streets if they are under the influence of alcohol. While old technology made ignition interlock systems difficult to operate, fuel-cell sensor technology has changed everything. For example, it is no longer possible for a person to have someone else try and start his or her car by blowing into the device. In fact, many systems have a camera that photographs the driver each time they are required to blow into the system. These photographs are sent to the offender’s probation officer, or to the judge who convicted him. Further, the ignition interlock system requires the driver to blow into the device repeatedly through the time on the road. That means the driver cannot start the car, and then have a drink and continue driving.

Thanks to modern technology, ignition interlock systems can be relied on as a safe and foolproof method of punishment. Devices are much more superior than they were decades ago. Drunk driving offenders can easily be monitored by judges and their probation officers using ignition interlock systems. They can be trusted to carry out proper punishment without allowing the offender to circumvent the system. Ignition interlock systems are almost impossible to evade. That’s because all the driver’s moves are being monitored. Plus, each and every test result is being recorded and observed. If something is tampered with, the device will register what is happening, therefore making it impossible for someone to get behind the wheel with a BAC over the legal limit.

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