Questions & Answers

Yes but it’s not legal. CA Vehicle Code §23247 makes it unlawful for another person to blow into an interlock device to start an automobile with the device for the purpose of allowing a vehicle to start for someone whose driving privilege is restricted. If the car starts illegally, the person who started it or [...]

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A failed breath test will be recorded on the interlock device and downloaded at the monthly maintenance appointment. This data is viewed each month by your probation officer or a representative from DVS to verify compliance. After three non-compliant tests between service appointments, the device will notify the user of a pending “lock out” that [...]

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The user is allowed a grace period. The time will start counting down hours from 120 (5 days). Five days after the deadline, the device will go into a service lock out, which requires the user to call the vendor to obtain a lock out code. Once entered, this code will allow the device to [...]

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The device records data on the breath test, as well as information about how often the vehicle is used and the number of miles driven. When you take the vehicle to the vendor for monthly maintenance appointments, information is downloaded by a computer program for analysis. This allows the Department of Public Safety Driver and [...]

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Someone else can drive your car when the ignition interlock has been installed; however, anyone who drives the vehicle must be able to pass the breath test. It is important to remember that you are responsible for all readings registered by the interlock, whether you are driving or not. We recommend that anyone who will [...]

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Some substances will affect the test and could give you a false positive. Mouthwash: Some mouthwash brands and sprays have up to 30 percent alcohol; these will definitely create a positive test on your interlock. We recommend that you switch to a non-alcoholic mouthwash while using the ignition interlock device. However, alcohol levels from mouthwash [...]

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While it is not difficult to do a rolling retest while driving, many people do not feel comfortable doing so. If you are not comfortable taking the rolling retest while driving, find a spot to pull over so you can take the test. The device automatically gives you time to find a safe place to [...]

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No. The driver must blow into the device in order to start the car, and the device must record an alcohol-concentration level below the pre-set level before the vehicle will start.

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Many factors affect how fast a person metabolizes alcohol, including the size and gender of the person. The average person metabolizes about one ounce of alcohol per hour. The important thing to remember is that everyone metabolizes alcohol at different rates under different circumstances. Any alcohol violations will be recorded on your monthly calibration report.

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The interlock system will not shut off your engine if a breath test is failed. It is designed to prevent the car from starting without a passing breath test. If you fail a test while driving, the device records a violation but will not stop your car.

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