Detectives are known for their uncanny ability to discover the most interesting details about people and situations, to solve crimes and get answers. Car breathalyzers and ignition interlock devices, in a sense, are technology-based detectives that are just as good at discovering details about a drunk driving offender’s habits after a conviction. You may be surprised at exactly how much your car breathalyzer knows about you, and how much it shares with your program supervisor.
Each reporting period, your car breathalyzer can detect:
- Blood alcohol concentration (BAC).
- The quality of your submitted breath sample.
- The actual time you started your engine.
- The actual time you stopped your engine.
- How many times you started and stopped your engine.
- How long the vehicle was running.
- The total distance you’ve driven.
- Rolling re-test timing and results.
- Any activity to turn off or tamper with the car breathalyzer, battery, etc.
If you have a car breathalyzer or ignition interlock with a camera or video capability, the device can also “detect” whether it is you or someone else submitting the breath sample, whether during the start-up test or during any rolling re-tests. Also, keep in mind that a car breathalyzer detects alcohol, and that it isn’t specifically able to detect the difference between wine and other alcohol-based products. Alcohol is alcohol, so be careful to allow time for any mouthwash-type products to dissipate from your mouth before testing.
Detecting all of that information is necessary to ensure your compliance with your car breathalyzer and the conditions of your drunk driving conviction, and you don’t want anyone to think you’re not doing your part to remain sober while driving. As far as detectives go, a car breathalyzer is all about the facts in your recovery, without any other purpose but to use that information to help you move forward in life.