How to handle a car ignition interlock lockout
Ignition interlock devices are incredibly helpful in preventing drunk driving. By not allowing you to start your vehicle until you have provided a breath sample, your ignition interlock device will determine whether or not you are capable of driving safely. These devices have proven to be incredibly effective in preventing DUIs, and repeat DUIs. Ignition interlock devices are far more consistent and reliable than they used to be, so you should never have any issues with you system. However, they can happen.
If a Breathalyzer reports back that you are over the legal limit and you have not had anything to drink you will need to wait a few minutes before you can try again. You should swish some water in your mouth to be sure you are giving a clean sample. The ignition interlock device is set to test your breath, and not allow your vehicle to start if you are over a certain limit of alcohol on your breath. These limits are predetermined and set by the state law, and then set by your ignition interlock device installer. If you are sure you are under the legal limit, or have not had anything to drink, and your device still reports that you cannot start your vehicle, you may need to have your system calibrated.
After a few drinks you may think you are perfectly capable to drive, but the system is set to prevent you from driving if you are over a certain limit. If you get in the car after having a few drinks, and think you are fine to drive, but your system will not allow you to start your vehicle, be patient, and try the test again. It is suggested though that if you have been drinking, and your ignition interlock device prevents you from driving you may want to wait a while before trying again. It may even be safer to call a taxicab to drive you home, assuming you are in an area where you can leave your vehicle overnight.
Your ignition interlock device will not allow you to start your vehicle if you have alcohol on your breath, and you are over the predetermined limit. This can be frustrating, but if you have driven under the influence before you may not be the best judge of how much you have had to drink. If you are sure that you are not over the limit, or you have not had anything to drink, it is possible that your system is misreading your sample and you can wait it out to try again. The system will reset itself after a few minutes and you can breathe into the device again to test a new sample. If the system reports again that you are over the limit, you should probably consider finding an alternative way home. Make sure you keep your ignition interlock device regularly calibrated so that it continues to work well and protects you from making unintelligent decisions after you have been drinking.