A DUI is a big deal for anyone involved, and the right thing to do if you’re in that situation is to quickly get yourself into an ignition interlock service provider. In states like Missouri and Texas, you can even avoid a license suspension if you install an interlock before your court date. The devices make it easy to start up your car and hit the road, especially if you’ve not been drinking. They can get a little tricky, however, when you’re prompted to submit a breath sample while you are driving.
Ignition interlock devices will prompt you to test your BAC even when you’re driving.
These rolling retests are part of the process that you signed up for when you had your device installed. A rolling retest is another layer of security that proves:
- The person driving the vehicle is sober.
- The person who blew into the device to start the vehicle is the same person currently driving… soberly.
Safety during a rolling retest is essential, as distracted driving can be as risky as drunk driving in many cases. When you are prompted to submit a breath sample for a rolling retest, you are given time to make that happen. That means that if you feel nervous blowing into the device while you’re driving, the driving conditions are not ideal or you’re just not sure of the device just yet, you have time to find a safe place and pull over. You should not skip the test, and your vehicle will not shut off on its own. You will need to submit your breath sample as soon as possible, but keep your safety and that of others on the road as your top priority.
An ignition interlock rolling retest may seem daunting at first, but it is totally bearable once you get the hang of it. Once you realize you’re saving lives and doing your part after a DUI, the device is really just a chance to move ahead and leave the past where it should be.