What is an Interlock?
An ignition Interlock is a device that prevents a vehicle from starting if the driver has been drinking. The device works like a breathalyzer, measuring the alcohol in a person’s system.
If the amount of alcohol on the driver’s breath exceeds a pre-programmed level, then the interlock temporarily locks the vehicle’s ignition.
How does it work?
The driver simply delivers a breath sample into the device. If the sample is good, then the vehicle starts as usual. If alcohol is detected, the driver must wait before testing again.
The first time alcohol is detected, the wait time is a few minutes, but if subsequent tests are failed, the driver is locked out for increasingly longer periods.
Why is this an option?
A majority of states, including Kansas, use ignition interlocks as an alternative to revoking driving privileges. Interlock devices prevent impaired driving while giving those with DUI convictions the opportunity to work, attend school and perform other essential tasks. The devices are widely seen as beneficial both to the offender and the public.
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