Washington State Drivers facing a Driver’s License suspension or revocation of their license due to a Washington State DUI or physical control arrest may be able to continue to drive with a special type of license: an Ignition Interlock License (IIL). An Ignition Interlock License will allow a driver to continue to drive if they meet the eligibility requirements.
If a judge has ordered an individual charged with a DUI to install an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) in his or her car, it is imperative that the device is used properly in order to avoid suspension of driving privileges and any other additional penalty related to noncompliance with an Ignition Interlock requirement.
1. Mouthwash, breath spray, and cold medicine have the ability to interfere with an IID breath test results. This is especially true for products that contain at least 30 percent alcohol. To avoid getting a false read, rinse your mouth out with water and wait 15 minutes after using the product before blowing into the IID. Also, seek out alcohol-free mouthwashes and cold remedies as alternatives.
2. Non-alcoholic foods and beverages may be capable of creating false readings. Some ignition interlock devices are sensitive and can give false readings, preventing a driver from starting their vehicle. Some Ignition Interlock device users have reported false readings after consuming common foods and non-alcoholic beverages. Examples include: flavored coffee, a cinnamon bun, barbecue, spicy foods, protein bars, and sugarless gum. Some people report problems with their IID after eating a sandwich! It is possible that the yeast in the bread causes a false reading with the IID. To avoid a false reading, wait after consuming these items before using the IID.
3. Non-ingestible products containing alcohol may also interfere with an IID breath result. Other products resulting in false readings include hand sanitizer, windshield washer fluid, and leaking anti-freeze.
4. Be prepared to blow into the IID. Take a deep breath when blowing into an IID. It is best to avoid using the IID if you are out of breath, i.e. after exercise.
5. Be prepared to re-test while driving. Having a sober friend blow into the device so that you may start the vehicle will not work. IIDs may be programmed to make the driver take the test again while driving later.
6. Comply with scheduled maintenance, repairs, calibration, monitoring, inspection, or replacement of the device. Each driver must have the IID inspected by the manufacturer, vendor, service center or ignition interlock technician for correct calibration and evidence of tampering every 65 days or as often as required by court order.
More information regarding an Ignition Interlock Device may be found online at http://www.dol.wa.gov/driverslicense/ignitioninterlock.html and http://www.dol.wa.gov/driverslicense/iil.html
The bottom line – It is a privilege to drive in the State of Washington. If you drive with an IID – THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE CONSUMING before you drive. If you get sick – think twice about taking that nighttime cold medication. It contains ALCOHOL! Think about what you are eating as you drive. The best bet – don’t drink anything but WATER as you are driving down the road.
If you have been pulled over for a DUI in WA, then you need a Snohomish County WA DUI attorney. If you have questions about the WA State DUI process you can reach me at (425) 422-5818 or visit my website at www.washington-dui.com. Mark W. Garka