Say cheese! Photo now part of ignition interlock device

Say cheese! Photo now part of ignition interlock device

Credit: KING

Ignition interlock device in Washington state will be equipped with a camera starting in 2013 to snap a photo of the driver every time it is used.

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by KING 5 News and Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on December 28, 2012 at 2:25 PM

OLYMPIA, Wash.  -- Drivers who are required to pass a breath test before they get behind the wheel won't get away with having someone else blow in the ignition interlock device.

Interlocks are required on the vehicles whose drivers have been caught driving impaired. They allow those drivers to continue to use their cars, but only after making sure they are sober.

Starting January 1, a camera will snap a picture every time the machine is used, verifying that the driver is the person who took the test.

"We've had cases where impaired drivers asked passengers, friends or even children to take the test for them," said Washington State Patrol Lt. Rob Sharpe. "We've even heard stories of people trying to use portable air compressors to take the test."

Anyone caught trying to fool the machine will get recorded and that information will go to WSP. Drivers can lose their Ignition Interlock License as a result.
 
"We do make personal visits to drivers if we have evidence they have tried to fool the machine," Sharpe said. "Having a picture will be the best possible evidence that someone was trying to cheat."


 
 

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