Interlock University

Cherry-flavored lip gloss improves the flavor and usability of your ignition interlock device.
Cherry-flavored lip gloss improves the flavor and usability of your ignition interlock device.

A good portion of Albuquerque’s population has been busted for DWI, which means there is a significant number of people with those super awesome ignition interlocks in their vehicles. I can neither confirm or deny having one in my car, but I do know of a couple nifty little tricks to make life easier for those who do.

For those who have the older model that you have to blow into every 15 minutes, you know that it’s a little embarassing to have to blow into it while at a stop light. To solve that problem, get huge plastic cup from blakes or the gas station. Cut a hole in the bottom and run the cord through it so the handpiece sits inside the cup. That way, when you do have to blow into it, people will think you’re just drinking from a cup! Pretty brilliant, I’d say.

If you ever take a drive to the top of the Crest, make damn sure you have a sheet or two of foil in your glove compartment. The towers mess with the computer in the interlock, so it will not work. Place the foil around whatever handpiece or interface you have in your car so it’ll bounce the microwaves off and help start your car! (I learned that from a cook named Roy--thanks bud.)

Okay, I lied. I only have two tips instead of a couple. Nevertheless, two tips are better than none! Hopefully this will help a few people cope with the inconvenience of the interlock.