The North Carolina Ignition Interlock Device (IID), sometimes referred to as the “Blow-and-Go,” may be required in certain DUI DWI Impaired Driving Offenses NCGS 20-179.3 and Conditions of Restoration following a Department of Transportation / Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Hearing. Monitech is one of three companies authorized by the State of North Carolina to install, monitor and report back to the Court or DMV results of breath testing.
Monitech recently forwarded to our office the attached brochure, requesting we let clients know there is presently in place a Free Installation offer. Powers Law Firm PA does not expressly endorse one company over another. Indeed, we regularly serve as legal counsel to clients whom have been accused of consuming alcohol and driving, necessitating a challenge to the accuracy of such devices in court and are further called to cross-examine Monitech employees regarding installation errors, datum dumps, reporting errors and false readings.
As some background on Breath Alcohol Testing Devices, the IID:
- Relies upon an Electro-Chemical Fuel Cell
- Is intended to be “Ethanol Specific,” meaning the Blow-and-Go should only report Ethyl Alcohol and not other forms of alcohol or interfering substances
- Works similarly to other Portable or Field Sobriety Testing (FST) devices
As is the case with any technology, the Electro-Chemical Fuel Cell is not perfect. FST devices are subject to error. If you would like additional information regarding the science behind the Ignition Interlock Device in North Carolina, the “Breathalyzer,” the Intoxilyzer 5000 or the Intoximeter EC/IR II, please feel free to call. We are more than willing to discuss and hopefully help explain the often complicated laws and legal procedures involved.