When a person in Georgia is convicted of a driving under the influence charge, he or she may lose the right to drive. A license suspension or revocation may last for a range of time depending on the circumstances of the case. 

Some people may qualify to have their driving privileges reinstated in exchange for installing and using an ignition interlock device. However, drivers should understand everything that goes along with using an IID. 

Two types of tests with an IID 

As the name implies, an ignition interlock device keeps a vehicle’s ignition locked. A driver must blow into a handheld breath unit and wait for the system to confirm that the sample proves he or she is not intoxicated at the time. Once this happens, the vehicle’s ignition unlocks and may be started. 

What most people don’t know, however, is that the driver will be required to repeat this test process while driving. Car and Driver magazine indicates these subsequent tests are called rolling retests and occur at random intervals. Depending on the length of one driving trip, a person may need to do this many times while navigating traffic at the same time. 

Three types of distracted driving 

Distracted driving may take on many forms. Manual distractions take at least one hand off the wheel. Visual distractions take a driver’s eyes off the road. Cognitive distractions interfere with a person’s ability to concentrate on driving. 

Rolling retests involve manual, visual and cognitive distractions, increasing the danger they pose to drivers. In fact, they have been linked to several automobile crashes.