Penalties for Failing a Texas Ignition Interlock Test

Penalties for Failing a Texas Ignition Interlock TestEveryone makes mistakes. Some people think they’re OK to drive when their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) tells another story. That BAC not only legally defines a DWI in Texas (and across the U.S.) but it is also used by the ignition interlock devices that are placed on the vehicles of many offenders after an arrest or conviction. Failing a Texas ignition interlock test becomes a big obstacle in resuming life as normal, with plenty of penalties for those who try to keep drinking and driving, even with an interlock installed.

Either through the DMV or court, a Texas DWI offender is given the choice (or required) to install an interlock. That is one of those commitments that needs to be taken seriously, as the penalties become more severe with a BAC level above the pre-set limit. Each time the offender uses the device, it not only measures their BAC but it also records the data. Once that data is received by the DMV or court, any ignition interlock test failures come to light. The offender may then lose their chance to have an ignition interlock device and be stuck with a suspended or revoked license, or they may have their time with the device extended.

On the other hand, if you use the device as instructed and have no problems with failing your Texas ignition interlock test, you’ll be ahead of the curve. You’ll not only be able to keep your job and those important paychecks rolling in, but you have the satisfaction of knowing that you’ve done a great job with your commitment to sober driving and that you are an example to follow for anyone else who makes your same mistake.

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