When you have a car breathalyzer or ignition interlock in your vehicle, you are probably counting down the days until it is removed. You understand that you made a mistake when you drove under the influence of alcohol, and that you are committed to never repeating your mistake. So, when that day comes and you realize you are about to end the car breathalyzer chapter in your life, you probably want to know if you can just remove the device yourself.
To be blunt, no. You cannot and should not remove your car breathalyzer yourself.
The device was originally installed by a professional ignition interlock service provider, ensuring that your vehicle was unharmed and that an accurate picture of your sober driving record was able to transmit to your reporting agency. You were trained to use the device, and warned against any tampering or circumvention attempts. So, if you try to remove your car breathalyzer on your own, you could ruin your perfect record of sober driving with an “attempt” to tamper with the device. As a violation of your requirement, you could then face a full suspension of your driver’s license, despite the “good behavior” you have demonstrated, an extension of your time requirement or other sanctions.
Those are all great reasons to be patient, and look forward to the day when the device is professionally removed. That way, there is no argument about your success with the device. You are a safe and sober driver, and you have the experience (and data) to prove it!
Your ignition interlock service provider is a partner in your recovery after a drunk driving conviction, and they are more than happy to help you at every step of this journey, and perhaps especially during the removal of the device. When it comes to removing your car breathalyzer, they get to share your victory lap and watch as you drive away a smarter, more responsible driver.