The Ignition Interlock Device is used to measure and record the blood alcohol of the driver of a vehicle. You may be required to install the ignition interlock device (IID) as a condition of your DUI conviction. The Arizona Department of Transit issues a restricted driver's license that usually requires the individual's vehicle to have an ignition interlock device.
It is up to the driver to purchase or lease the IID and to have it installed in the vehicle he will be using for work. The IID is monitored by the MVD of Arizona, so proper use of the device is essential. That means the driver should have the device professionally installed and maintained as required by the restrictions of his or her DUI conviction. When the time comes for evaluating the return of a normal driver's license, the state will look at the records from the ignition interlock device in considering the license. Any faulty service work or a failure to comply with the restrictions could cause delay in getting the driver's license reinstated.
Known as the Blow and Go, the ignition interlock device is a device that easily installs in a car or truck. It controls the driver's ability to turn on the ignition switch, protecting the driver and other motorists from people driving under the influence of alcohol. The device, which measures the blood alcohol content (BAC) level of the driver, will not allow the ignition to be started if the BAC is over .08. Each blow into the device and the results are recorded in a small computer chip stored in the device and are monitored by the MVD of Arizona.
"Blow and Go" is just what it sounds like. The ignition interlock device has a mouthpiece that the driver must blow into before being able to start the car. The IID can tell if alcohol is present and depending on what the state of Arizona has stated is acceptable, may or may not allow the driver to turn on the ignition switch.
In order to have a successful blow, it's advised that you not eat or drink anything except water 15-20 minutes before using the device. Many people have had success with drinking a glass of water before getting into their car. Take a couple of deep breaths before using. It's always a good idea to read the booklet of instructions that comes with the device. The manual will instruct you on how to properly breathe into the machine. There are different models with differing ways to give a reading. And, most of all, take you time. Don't try and rush the process. Pay attention to what you're doing and look at the device's read-out for instructions.
Of course, the best advice starts with using a certified, reputable dealer of ignition interlock devices. Find the business convenient to where you live, and pick one with mobile 24 hour customer service. Follow the required schedule for updates and recalibrations in order to comply with the restrictions of your license.
Arizona Mobile Access Technologies (AMAT) is located in Phoenix with branches in other areas of the state. They are based in Arizona and understand the state laws about DUI convictions. AMAT is a registered, approved installer of the IID, listed on the Arizona Department of Transportation website. They understand the importance of getting you back behind the wheel safely. Their years of experience will offer you the best in customer service—for your IID installation, visit the AMAT website.