Well, that was unexpected… or was it? You just blew into your New Mexico ignition interlock only to receive a failed test or interlock violation notification. You swear you weren’t drinking, or maybe that you thought enough time had passed since you finished off that beer. But there it is, blinking at you, and now you will have to blow a clean breath sample or face the consequences for your interlock violation.
A New Mexico Ignition Interlock test failure or violation can be caused by:
- A BAC (blood alcohol concentration) sample above the pre-set limit.
- Residual alcohol in the mouth from mouthwash or medications.
- Other sugary foods, drinks, or other substances (gum, mints) in the mouth.
- Trying to circumvent or tamper with the device.
- Driving another vehicle that does not have an interlock installed.
New Mexico ignition interlock violations will cause additional consequences, like a longer time requirement with the device. In the case of multiple interlock violations, you could be removed from the program completely. If your device shows that you tried to start your vehicle with a high blood alcohol concentration (BAC) you could face other consequences like court costs, fines or even incarceration. You may also be charged with an additional DWI as a result of your violations.
Compliance with your New Mexico ignition interlock requirement is the only way to ensure you will have a trouble-free road to recovery after your DWI. The easiest way to get through the time required by the court is to never attempt to drive if you have been drinking. Instead, look at that time as your chance to renew your commitment to sober driving, and being a role model for those around you. New Mexico expects nothing but the best behavior from you so that you can move on with your life after a DWI.