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June 2, 2024

How to Cheat an IID

If you've been ordered by a judge to have an ignition interlock device (IID) installed in your vehicle, you may be wondering how to cheat it. Trying to get around the law requires tampering with the device and can lead to more trouble, including losing your provisional license and the ability to drive completely. In some cases, the court may even order that you go to jail for tampering with the device.

Many people claim to know how to cheat an IID, but most of these methods don't work and can cause more harm than good. These devices are designed to stop people from driving while intoxicated and keeping them safe, so it's important not to tamper with the system.

Using a mouthpiece filled with air is one of the most common ways that people try to beat a breathalyzer or ignition interlock device. However, this method does not work and can actually make the test more difficult to pass. The device measures volatile organic compounds and alcohol on your breath, so putting anything else in your mouth can negatively impact the results. In addition, modern breathalyzers have cameras that take pictures of the driver's face and nose to ensure that only the driver is blowing into the device.

A popular myth is that you can use a "sober up" spray to fool the interlock device, but this method also does not work. These types of sprays contain a chemical that smells like alcohol and can trigger the device. It's best to avoid these products and stick with more natural methods for sobering up, such as water or food.

In some cases, people attempt to tamper with the device by disconnecting it or removing it from the vehicle. This is a bad idea for several reasons, including the fact that most interlock devices are wired directly into the vehicle's ignition. It's also possible that you will damage your car's internal components while attempting this hack. Additionally, the monitoring authority will be informed that the device has been disconnected or removed.

Another common attempt to trick the interlock device is to have a sober person blow into the device for you. This may work in the short term, but most interlock devices have rolling retests that will catch this type of behavior. Moreover, some states require that interlock devices have cameras that capture the driver's face for added accountability.

If you've been ordered by a court to install an IID, it is crucial to follow through with the terms of your probation and avoid all alcohol-related driving offenses. If you're struggling to comply with the court's orders, Smart Start offers a range of attorney-recommended options for meeting your IID requirement. We can even provide you with a standard IID that meets the requirements of most jurisdictions. Contact us today for more information. We're available 24/7.