Interlocks include cameras to prevent tampering

March 19, 2013

By Staff

Statewide, alcohol ignition interlocks feature cameras starting Jan. 1, in a bid to prevent other people from performing breath tests for a driver.

The camera snaps a picture whenever the device is used, to verify the driver is the person performing the test. The law requires alcohol ignition interlocks for motorists accused or convicted of impaired driving.

The device requires a legal breath sample from the driver before allowing the vehicle to start.

“We’ve had cases where impaired drivers asked passengers, friends or even children to take the test for them,” Lt. Rob Sharpe, Washington State Patrol Impaired Driving Section commander, said in a statement.

The device’s software records failures and tampering attempts. The company leasing the alcohol ignition interlocks downloads the information and contacts the state patrol.


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