Why You Should Perform Routine Maintenance on the Ignition Interlock Device

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Washington State has strict DUI laws and requirements for people who have been convicted of driving under the influence. The ignition interlock device, known as an IID, is required to be installed in the motor vehicle for anyone driving under a restricted license.

The IID is designed to control the vehicle’s ignition using a breath sample to read the driver’s blood alcohol level. The device can detect the presence of alcohol before allowing the ignition to be turned on. Once the car is running the driver may have to take additional breath samples in order to keep driving. The ignition interlock device has a computer chip which records each breath test and the results—this information is accessed by the Department of Licensing in the state of Washington.

The restricted driver’s license requires drivers to comply with the all of the restrictions resulting from their DUI conviction. And, failure to follow the requirements can result in a prolonged period of driving with the restricted license, or a loss of license. Every driver with a conviction of driving under the influence will understand the necessity of following the restrictions set out by the court.

In order to comply with these restrictions and return to a regular license it’s important to follow these guidelines:

  • Do not drink if driving is going to be required. Plan to have a designated driver or not go out in public if alcohol will be involved.
  • Find a reputable business to work with for the rental, installation  (http://www.interlocknw.com/why-interlock)  and maintenance of your ignition interlock device. The device will be registered with the state of Washington and must be used in accordance with the requirements of the DUI conviction.
  • Keep the device properly maintained. This is crucial to a successful return of your driver’s license. Make sure to work with a company that stresses customer service and has a proven record of working with the ignition devices.

The Department of Licensing has specific requirements for DUI restricted licenses which must be followed precisely. The ignition interlock device contains a computer chip which records your blood alcohol level in order to provide safety for you and other drivers.  Following the scheduled maintenance and recalibration of your IID will help you get back to a normal license without receiving added time to the revoked or suspended license.

Maintenance refers to the need for the ignition interlock device to have scheduled recalibrations—this is a requirement of the Department of Licensing in Washington State. The work should be performed by a company that specializes in IIDs. If the recalibration is done incorrectly it may cause the computer chip to register faulty information about your blood alcohol level and other important data.

It’s important to work with a reputable company. Find an ignition interlock business with 24 hour customer service and the ability to send mobile help when necessary. The company should be responsive to the needs of a customer with a DUI conviction and offer support for the situation.  Interlock NorthWest is a company with a solid reputation and a long record of serving customers in Washington State. To learn about driving with a DUI restricted license, see the Interlock NorthWest website for information on the ignition interlock device. 


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This article was published on 2012/01/06