Most people who have been assigned to an ignition interlock program due to impaired driving in Ontario know that they should just drive sober, finish the program, and move on after their conviction. But some people will attempt to beat the system by cheating their ignition interlock and driving while drunk. It’s safe to say, as far as your future is concerned, cheating your ignition interlock is a really bad idea.
To start, ignition interlocks aren’t easy to cheat. They have technology built in to prevent tampering, but people will still try to get past them. Here are a few ways people will try to cheat the ignition interlock device.
Blowing to start the car sober, but drinking after it’s turned on
Drinking and driving is a bad idea, but some people will actually violate both impaired driving laws and open container laws while behind the wheel of their vehicle. If your vehicle is equipped with an ignition interlock, you will be able to start your vehicle while sober, but a rolling retest will be required. Rolling retests happen while you’re driving, and if the device detects alcohol during a rolling retest your horn will honk, your lights will flash, and you’ll have to safely pull over and park your car.
Asking a sober friend to blow to start their vehicle
Some ignition interlock devices are equipped with cameras, so every time you blow into the device your photo is logged. If you ask a friend to blow into the device and you drive, that will be logged as well, and the evidence will be available to authorities once you bring your vehicle in for the required calibration.
Disabling or removing your ignition interlock
It takes a trained technician to install an ignition interlock device, and it takes a trained technician to remove it without causing damage to your vehicle. If you attempt to remove it or tamper with the device yourself, the data log will record the event and that information will be passed on to local authorities at your next calibration appointment.
If you do violate your ignition interlock agreement in Ontario, you may have your vehicle impounded for 7 days and could receive further charges under the Criminal Code or Highway Traffic Act. Any violation or tampering with your ignition interlock will also be reported to the Ministry of Transportation, and they could decide to increase the duration of your ignition interlock program.
No matter what method you think of trying, it’s always a bad idea to cheat your ignition interlock.