It is a well-known fact that in Washington State ignition interlock devices (IID) are required if a person is convicted for DUI. The amount of time an IID must be on a vehicle depends on whether the driver does (or does not) have a prior offense. For first time offenders, they must maintain an IID for a year after they regain their eligibility to reinstate their driving privilege. The problem, of course, is that these devices are not perfect, and they certainly carry risks. One such risk is that a driver must periodically blow into the device while driving. That of course, is dangerous in that it requires a driver to multi-task – drive and blow into the device at the same time. This certainly is no better than using a cellphone while driving, and the state has already made clear that is a big ‘no, no’ … and if caught, the driver will be cited. The same rule, for now, does not apply to drivers blowing into an IID while driving, but certainly it cannot be said the act is any less dangerous. Another problem with IID’s are that they can produce false positives. This is so because they use cheaper and less reliable technology than the breath testing instruments maintained at law enforcement agencies. Mouthwash, breath mints, Kampuchea tea (as well as other substances) can all possibly impact an IID test result and trigger false positives. So, although IID’s have been, and are, potentially lifesaving devices … they also present re-percussive consequences that can make life challenging for the driver required to maintain such a device. Hopefully as the years pass IID technology will improve, and these challenges will subside. As with everything it seems, time will tell.
If you or a loved one has been arrested for a DUI, you should immediately contact a Seattle DUI defense attorney. A qualified and respected Seattle DUI lawyer, among other things, can quite possibly save the aggrieved person thousands of dollars in court and insurance fees, the extent of loss of privilege to drive, and the amount of jail time to be served. We have said it before and will say it again, Washington DUI laws are far too complicated for any ol’ attorney to handle. Be smart and consult with a qualified and skilled Seattle DUI attorney when arrested for an alcohol and/or drug related DUI in Washington State. SQ Attorneys is here to help – (206) 441-1600.