You know that old trick where you get someone else to blow into the ignition interlock device so that you can get the engine started? Well, apparently, Washington state lawmakers and the police are aware of this trick too.
So beginning January 1, 2013, all new ignition interlock devices will come with digital cameras. When you blow into the device, the device will simultaneously take your picture allowing state patrol to know who is actually taking the test, reports MyNorthwest.
As you may know, ignition interlock devices are required on all vehicles for those who have been convicted of drunken driving. The machine requires the driver to provide a breath sample before starting the car. If the driver is sober, the engine will start. But if the device detects alcohol on the breath of the driver, the engine will lock preventing the driver from starting the vehicle.
While this may sound good in practice, many convicted DUI offenders have thought of clever ways around the ignition interlock device. Some simply have another passenger blow into the device. While others have even used a portable air compressors to "blow" into the device for them, writes MyNorthewest.
With photographic evidence of who is actually blowing into the device, Washington State Patrol now have access to pretty convincing evidence that someone was trying to cheat or tamper with the device. This can lead to additional criminal penalties as an individual charged with circumventing an ignition interlock device is typically charged with a gross misdemeanor carrying a possible one-year prison term.
If you have been arrested for drunk driving in the Seattle or King County areas or if you have gotten into trouble for tampering with an ignition interlock device, you will need the assistance of an experienced DUI attorney. The award-winning and "superb" rated attorneys at Wolff Criminal Defense can help you on your defense. Call us at 425-284-2000 to receive a free, confidential consultation. You can also visit our website at WolffCriminalDefense.com to set up a consultation.