There is nothing wrong with “do it yourself” projects, whether as a hobby or to save a little money. But, if you have a car breathalyzer or ignition interlock requirement as a result of a drunk driving conviction, installing the device yourself is not an option. Even if you are considering an ignition interlock as a voluntary measure to ensure the drivers in your family are sober, you still want to consider that only a professionally trained ignition interlock service provider can hook up your device and provide the experience to ensure the data collected is accurate and transmitted properly to the right authorities.
If you have a court-ordered ignition interlock requirement, you will not have the option to install the device yourself. You would not save any money, as the costs you pay to a professional service provider cover the lease of the device and the periodic appointments for data transmission and calibration. Essentially, you are paying for compliance with the court, an important reassurance when you are re-building your life after a DUI.
Voluntary installations require the same care and maintenance as those handed down in court, as your concerns about the drivers of your car are the same as a conviction-based installation. A professional ignition interlock service provider is there to make sure you are receiving accurate data about the sobriety of those drivers, and that any attempts to drive after drinking are quickly stopped by the device. Even the most talented mechanic who has not been trained to install and care for an interlock can make a mistake – and that mistake could be deadly. Plus, you cannot purchase an ignition interlock device that meets (or exceeds) federal requirements – they must be leased.
Whether as the result of a drunk driving conviction, or a desire to voluntarily install an ignition interlock, you and all interested parties need the assurance that the device is working properly. You may know a lot about cars and ignition systems, but, your best bet with an ignition interlock device is to trust the professionals to keep your experience as smooth as possible.