OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Drivers who are required to pass a breath test before they get behind the wheel won't get away with having someone else blow in the ignition interlock device.

Interlocks are required on the vehicles whose drivers have been caught driving impaired. They allow those drivers to continue to use their cars, but only after making sure they are sober.

Starting January 1, a camera will snap a picture every time the machine is used, verifying that the driver is the person who took the test.

We've had cases where impaired drivers asked passengers, friends or even children to take the test for them, said Washington State Patrol Lt. Rob Sharpe. We've even heard stories of people trying to use portable air compressors to take the test.

Anyone caught trying to fool the machine will get recorded and that information will go to WSP. Drivers can lose their Ignition Interlock License as a result.

We do make personal visits to drivers if we have evidence they have tried to fool the machine, Sharpe said. Having a picture will be the best possible evidence that someone was trying to cheat.

The Washington State Patrol says they will only look at photos when they believe a driver is violating the rules. Spokesman Bob Calkins said the information would come from private vendors who lease the devices to drivers.

We count on them that at any time there's an anomaly with the machine to bring it to our attention, said Calkins. There is not a room full of government agents looking at pictures of everyone.

About 25,000 drivers in Washington currently have interlock devices in their cars, according to WSP.


Dept. of Licensing information on ignition interlock devices

Washington State Patrol information on ignition interlock devices

KING 5's Drew Mikkelsen contributed to this report.

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