If you’re new to the Ignition Interlock program, you may have a lot of questions on your mind. One of those questions can relate to some everyday items we use or ingest, such as mouthwash or vanilla extract, and how a false positive can occur with an Ignition Interlock. Why? Because these items contain alcohol properties, such as ethanol or menthol. In fact, vanilla extract can contain between 35 to 40 percent alcohol.
With Ignition Interlocks, some have mistakenly coined this situation as a false positive when someone ingests one of these items, tests with their Ignition Interlock and receives a positive alcohol reading. Read on to learn more about the false positive myth with Ignition Interlock Devices.
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Now let’s go over the Ignition Interlock, how it functions and why using the term false positive is misleading for Interlocks.
Busting the Myth of False Positives on Ignition Interlocks
One myth to bust is the term false positive on Ignition Interlocks. State-certified Ignition Interlocks contain alcohol-specific, fuel cell technology that measures your breath alcohol concentration or BrAC. The device will not know the difference between vanilla extract or a beer for example, but both contain alcohol.
If you are ingesting any items with alcohol properties, keep this tip in mind with your Ignition Interlock tests. Rinse your mouth with water before taking each of your breath tests. The water will help dissipate any alcohol properties in your everyday items that are in your system quickly.
In addition, if you are a Smart Start Ignition Interlock client, our friendly Customer Care Center can help you and clarify any aspects of your program so you can succeed and meet your requirements easily. If you’re unsure about any items you’re ingesting or any other questions, just call our team of Interlock experts at (800) 831-3299.
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