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Life with an ignition interlock device

On Behalf of | Jan 6, 2020 | Dui |

A person in Nebraska who is convicted of a drunk driving offense may lose the right to drive for a stated period of time. This penalty can cause serious problems for people as lack of adequate transportation may impede their ability to get to work and support themselves or their families. Some drivers, however, may reinstate their ability to drive for at least part of their license revocation period by installing and using an ignition interlock device. 

As explained by the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles, not every driving under the influence defendant qualifies to use an IID. People must be residents of Nebraska and not have a driver’s license or type of driving privileges in any other state. The state may require people to complete a period without driving before they can use the ignition interlock device to reinstate their driving privileges. 

With an IID, a driver must pass a breath test to unlock their vehicle’s ignition. Once driving, the person will receive prompts at random times to take subsequent tests, referred to as rolling retests. For this reason, life with an IID may require some adjustments. People who are used to enjoying their coffee and a pastry while driving to work in the morning, for example, may not be able to do so. According to Smart Start, a provider of ignition interlock devices, some foods may produce a trace amount of alcohol during the digestive process and therefore interfere with the driver’s ability to pass a rolling retest. 

Some products like mouthwash or toothpastes contain small amounts of alcohol and may also contribute to false positives.