If you have a suspended license, a drunk driving conviction or just a need to make sure your vehicle is being driven responsibly, you’re probably looking at car breathalyzer (ignition interlock) installers. You’re not alone, since ignition interlock devices are required in all 50 states for some types of drunk driving convictions. In most states DMVs can require interlocks after an administrative license suspension as well. Many employers are using the devices to make sure their company vehicles and fleets are being driven responsibly, and some parents are using them to keep their teen drivers sober behind the wheel.
So who installs ignition interlock devices in those situations?
We recommend that when you’re looking into an ignition interlock installation for any reason, you only use the service providers and manufacturers who are approved by your state’s ignition interlock regulatory board or commission. Obviously, that’s the only way you can meet the requirements of a court order or a DMV-restricted license. For employers or voluntary installations, you still want to make sure you are using top-quality equipment and technicians who understand the devices and processes required for a seamless experience. Take advantage of the research and regulation process already in place through your state. They did all the hard work for you.
Remember that when you have a court ordered ignition interlock, you have to follow the rules exactly as you are instructed or you could be in violation. The good news is that regardless of why you’re installing the device, those same ignition interlock service providers will be your best guide to how to use the device, avoid any problems with it and how to best uninstall it once it is no longer needed.