Instead of suspending driving privileges to those who get charged with driving while intoxicated, many states are allowing the drivers to continue to drive if they install an ignition interlock device in their vehicles. This device is commonly referred to as a blow-n-go. Many court systems are also requiring the installation of a camera to be mounted in the vehicle at the same time that the ignition interlock systems are installed. Therefore, don't be alarmed if this is a requirement of the conditions of your case. Here are a few tips that can help you use the devices.
- Blow slowly and steadily until the device says to stop. If you stop too soon, the device will make you wait until you can blow again. The length of time to wait is based on the manufacturer and the order from the court regarding your case.
- Leave the camera where it is. Do not cover the lens, especially while driving. Always make sure that the camera is pointed directly to you before you turn on the ignition interlock device.
- Only drive vehicles that have ignition interlock devices and cameras. If you drive a company vehicle, it will also need to have the devices installed. If you get pulled over while driving a vehicle without these devices, then you can expect a significant penalty.
- Watch the timer on the device and listen for the signal that it gives when it's time to recheck your breath, which will be at random times in various intervals while you are driving until the ignition is turned off.
- Never replace the vehicle battery yourself. The devices are hard-wired into the electrical system of your vehicle. If the battery needs to be replaced, call the shop attendant where you got the devices installed.
- Get system checks as scheduled, on time, each and every time. This is when the data from your devices is downloaded into the main computer system. Missing these dates is like missing a court appearance.
- Over-compensate for time. If you are someone who is constantly running late or always right on time, it's safer to assume that your devices will need a secondary start so you can adjust your schedules accordingly.
It is crucial that you understand how to operate the devices in your vehicle before you attempt to drive. A false positive could cause you to head back to court and prolong your chance of getting the devices removed after your conditions have been met. For information about the device or if you have other questions about your DWI, talk to an attorney like those at The Law Offices of Nathan A. Steimel.