Alcohol ignition interlocks now equipped with cameras

As of January 1, 2013, alcohol ignition interlock devices in Washington state must be equipped with a camera which will take a picture every time the device is used. The picture will be used to verify that the driver of the vehicle is the same person who took the interlock test in order to prevent drivers from cheating the system.

The camera feature was added after some drivers used friends, children or even air compressors to circumvent the test.

Ignition Interlock Driver’s License in Washington State

Ignition interlock devices allow drivers to continue driving when their regular driver’s license is suspended or revoked due to alcohol or drug related traffic offenses.

Ignition interlock devices prevent a car, truck or SUV from starting if it detects the presence of alcohol on a person’s breath.

A driver can apply to the court for an ignition interlock device so they can continue driving after being arrested or convicted for DUI, reckless driving, Vehicular Assault due to alcohol or drugs or Vehicular Homicide due to alcohol or drugs.

Captain Rob Huss, Commander of WSP’s Office of Government and Media Relations says:

“The Ignition Interlock License gives them a way to drive legally, but gives the rest of us some assurance that they’re sober and safe.”

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) of alcohol is a serious problem in Washington state. Drivers with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher may be charged with DUI. Commercial drivers have stricter limits and they are prohibited of driving if their BAC is .04% or higher. Minors may be charged with DUI if their BAC is .02% or higher.

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Source: Washington State Patrol: Blow: You’re on Candid Camera