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A basic overview of ignition interlock devices

People in Arizona may think nothing of having a drink at happy hour after work or while at a party. However, if a person drinks alcohol and then gets behind the wheel of a car, they could find themselves facing drunk driving charges, and if convicted, serious penalties. One penalty any DUI offenders in Arizona may face is the mandatory use of an ignition interlock device.

What is an ignition interlock device?

An ignition interlock device works much like a Breathalyzer. The motorist will blow into the device, and the device will measure the level of the motorist’s blood-alcohol content. If even a nominal amount of alcohol is detected, then the motorist’s vehicle will not start. Rolling retests may also be mandatory.

What are the dangers of rolling retests?

Rolling retests may cause more harm than good. They can distract a driver, leading to motor vehicle accidents. If a motorist fails or ignores a rolling retest the vehicles headlights are supposed to flash and its horn will sound. However, a rolling retest can be difficult to perform while driving. While it is advised to pull over to perform a rolling retest, this is not always possible. This puts motorists at danger of causing a distracted driving accident.

Learn more about drunk driving in Arizona

Ultimately, this post is for educational purposes only and does not contain legal advice. Those who want more information on drunk driving in Arizona can explore our firm’s website to learn more about this topic.