breathalyzer for car ??

Old 06-06-2013, 11:54 PM
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breathalyzer for car ??

Have family member that has a long history of alcohol abuse and drunk driving. Law no longer requires him to have a breathalyzer on his car anymore so of course he took it off as he says he has "no problem". But we want him to have one and was wondering if they can be purchased privately/aftermarket or something?
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Old 06-07-2013, 01:21 AM
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So you purchase a breathalyzer for his car. He doesn't want one, and isn't required by law to have one. You "want" him to have one. He doesn't have to use it. Do you force him to breathe into it? Can you guarantee someone is with him every time he drives to make sure that happens? Can that person force him to breathe into it? If he does (which he won't) and it's positive...now what?

Bottom line...privately purchasing a breathalyzer won't stop him from drinking. If he continues to drink and drive, the best you can do is call the police if he drives away drunk. Until he gets real about his addiction, there is NOTHING you can do to stop him. What you CAN do is get help for yourself. Find an AlAnon group near you, and go to a meeting. Get support, way more helpful than wasting money on a breathalyzer that he won't use.
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You can call one of the interlock companies like smart start and they will tell you if they sell them for non conviction use. I think some parents use them for their teenagers. They will give the parents a code so they can run the car without breathing. I don't think you can force someone who owns the car a pays his own insurance. but good luck
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tinu, yes he can continue to pay for the machine after the law requirement is up. The alcohol machines are fairly inexpensive now days so it might be worth it to prevent him from driving into a tree or school bus.
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tinu, yes he can continue to pay for the machine after the law requirement is up. The alcohol machines are fairly inexpensive now days so it might be worth it to prevent him from driving into a tree or school bus.
Ok thanks I'll look into it.
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Old 06-07-2013, 07:35 AM
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So you purchase a breathalyzer for his car. He doesn't want one, and isn't required by law to have one. You "want" him to have one. He doesn't have to use it. Do you force him to breathe into it? Can you guarantee someone is with him every time he drives to make sure that happens? Can that person force him to breathe into it? If he does (which he won't) and it's positive...now what?

Bottom line...privately purchasing a breathalyzer won't stop him from drinking. If he continues to drink and drive, the best you can do is call the police if he drives away drunk. Until he gets real about his addiction, there is NOTHING you can do to stop him. What you CAN do is get help for yourself. Find an AlAnon group near you, and go to a meeting. Get support, way more helpful than wasting money on a breathalyzer that he won't use.
It has worked for several years in him keeping a licence. Car simply won't start unless he uses it and is sober. He has no friends anymore so its not like someone would be riding along with him and blowing into the machine etc.
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if he took the one off when his probation was up, what makes you think he won't just disable a new one? if he's an adult how do you plan to take his car and install the breathalyzer and then MAKE him use it?
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if he took the one off when his probation was up, what makes you think he won't just disable a new one? if he's an adult how do you plan to take his car and install the breathalyzer and then MAKE him use it?
Main factor this time was cost I believe in why he took it off as his probation was up long ago and he still kept it on. He really didn't like it but he knew it insured he wouldn't get himself into trouble.
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Main factor this time was cost I believe in why he took it off as his probation was up long ago and he still kept it on. He really didn't like it but he knew it insured he wouldn't get himself into trouble.
How many DUI's does he have? The Judge should not of let him remove the device if he doesn't trust himself not to get into "trouble".
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