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    I stopped a guy today that had a court-mandated ignition interlock device installed in his pickup truck due to his numerous drunk driving convictions. I asked him to show me how it works, so he shut off the truck, tried unsuccessfully to re-start it without using the device, then used the device and re-started the truck. My question is this. His dashboard was missing from the truck. He told me he removed it to replace his heater core, and planned to re-install the dashboard this weekend. I know very little about these devices, and probably even less about car repair. Is it possible he would be able to bypass the device if he was out drinking, due to the removed dashboard? He seemed to be on the up and up, but I'm still a little suspicious.

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    Is it possible he would be able to bypass the device if he was out drinking, due to the removed dashboard
    Yes, tho the device should show the tamper (as a disconnect) in it's log.

    Probation or whoever is monitoring his sobriety should be reviewing the logs.

    Most places it's like tampering with a SCRAM. A tamper or dilute is treated the same as a positive.
    Last edited by tanksoldier; 02-17-2016, 02:26 PM.
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    • #3
      If they're anything like the ones we use any messing around with it will show up in the history. Interlocks are expensive and most people want to have them dor the minimum period and get rid of them. The more you muck around, the longer you have it in the car.

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      • #4
        Around here, they just have their sober friend blow into the machine for them!

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        • #5
          Yeah, the guy was probably legit. Some trucks (and cars) it is easier to change a heater core by taking the dash out than trying to wiggle it out of the heater box. That, and the interlock will show a tamper in the log, as has been said.

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          • #6
            I hear the new ones have a camera on them and snap a pic of you as your blowing to show its the driver. I really haven't looked that closely into them. But they're pricey a month.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by hemicop View Post
              Around here, they just have their sober friend blow into the machine for them!
              But the device has you blow 5 mins then 30 mins and every single often once driving. So if the sober friend is not in the car driver is screwed
              I'd rather be judged by 12 rather carried by 6.

              It should be noted that any and all post that are made are based on my own thought and opinions. And are not related or implied to represent the department I work for.

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              • #8

                Seems to me that if you have a sober friend in the car with you........just let HIM drive. That way, there is no worry about the ignition interlock. :-)

                The comments above reflect my personal opinion as a private citizen, ordinary motorist and all-around good guy.

                The aforementioned advice should not be construed to represent any type of professional opinion, legal counsel or other type of instruction with regard to traffic laws, judicial proceedings or official agency policy.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by VA Dutch View Post

                  Seems to me that if you have a sober friend in the car with you........just let HIM drive. That way, there is no worry about the ignition interlock. :-)
                  I can think of at least three drink drivers I have dealt with that had sober passengers. Some people are just that dumb.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Mulgrave600 View Post
                    I can think of at least three drink drivers I have dealt with that had sober passengers. Some people are just that dumb.
                    And licensed too lol

                    Always seems to be an AUO along with the DUI lol
                    MDRDEP:

                    There are no stupid questions, but there sure are a lot of inquisitive idiots.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Mulgrave600 View Post

                      I can think of at least three drink drivers I have dealt with that had sober passengers. Some people are just that dumb.
                      I've had the same thing with me. In a couple of instances the sober friend encouraged the drunk driver to driver, it made absolutely no sense.

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                      • #12
                        I pulled over a guy who was supposed to use interlock so he just used mom's car. I cited him for his 4th DUI in 6 years. I seen his privilege paperwork as he was getting his insurance and he kept trying to tell me that was his "old paperwork" and did not want to give it to me.

                        I also stopped a woman for DUS that was supposed to get interlock and she said she never got it because she did not want to explain to her kids that she got a DUI. She had to call her kid after I towed the vehicle.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Mulgrave600 View Post

                          I can think of at least three drink drivers I have dealt with that had sober passengers. Some people are just that dumb.
                          Yep, had that before too. Asked passenger way they didn't drive, one said she thought the man should drive.

                          So she drove and I drove the driver to jail.
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                          "With a brother on my left and a sister on my right, we face…. We face what no one should face. We face, so no one else would face. We are in the face of Death." -- Holli Peet

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                          • #14
                            I can answer your question for at least one type of interlock device. My father-in-law fell off the wagon again and has been hitting the rum pretty heavily. We didn't care too much until he started driving. After several conversations and a full family meeting. He agreed to go into rehab and have a interlock device installed. The interlock appeared to be doing its job, UNTIL. Until, that is, he figured out disconnecting the device from the cable would result in the car starting and driving without issue. He put the unit in his center console and continued on his way.

                            Since the unit was installed without a court order. There are no consequences for disconnecting the device. You pull the report and can see when it was disconnected. He did spend time in the drive way finding out how much he could drink before it wouldn't let him start the car. He now just drinks at home and doesn't drive.

                            The guy I stopped earlier this month had his in and operational. He was on his way to the casino. Hopefully he wasn't going to be drinking otherwise he would be sitting for awhile.

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                            • #15
                              Here in New York there are hefty charges for blowing in a interlock device for someone.

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