Once you have a car breathalyzer (ignition interlock), you are already well on the road to recovery after a DUI conviction. Driving while intoxicated is no longer an option, not that you’d make that mistake again. Now you just have to get through your time requirement and look forward to a more responsible future. That means understanding any car breathalyzer error messages that may pop up from time to time.
Car breathalyzer error messages indicate a few common problems, which will vary by manufacturer or the device. Generally speaking, the error messages you’ll see will include:
- These types of car breathalyzer error messages can be anything from a temporary lockout status to a “service lockout.” Be sure to provide a proper breath sample and attend all service appointments to avoid a lockout problem.
- Your service interval may be approaching or you’ve missed an appointment. Be sure to call your service provider immediately if you have a service-related error message.
- If your breath sample isn’t up to standard, you’ll be given a chance to try again. Keep in mind that too many “abort” error messages could lead to a lockout.
- Your device may need time to turn on or warm up, especially in colder climates.
Remember that the best troubleshooter for your device is your service provider. Do not attempt to fix an error or the device yourself. Any efforts to tamper with the device, even under the most innocent circumstances, will be recorded by the device.
When you see car breathalyzer error messages, the most important thing to remember is to relax. The device is there to ensure you have a safe and responsible recovery after a DUI. Your job is to keep being responsible when you drive. As long as you have not been drinking, it’s unlikely that you’ll experience any problems with your car breathalyzer and can continue on your road to recovery.