Man could be locked out of driving his own car
A MAN who was ordered by a court to have an alcohol ignition interlock system installed in his car after drink driving fears his 12-month penalty might be prolonged because of a lack of services in the region.
Maurice Stanley was pulled over by police on Tantitha St almost two years ago and blew an alcohol reading of .183.
Mr Stanley said he had always accepted and embraced his punishment - having an interlock system in his car for a year - but with the stint almost up, had been told he could have to wait for up to a week or more or organise travel elsewhere to get the system removed.
"The business who is approved to do this sort of work is not able to on my due date of September 28 because they are out of town," he said.
"Another business is currently waiting for government approval to be able to install and uninstall interlock systems so I have been told my next option is to drive to Pialba to get it done there."
Mr Stanley said the situation had left him in a bit of a pickle, with the option to either wait it out and see if he could have the system uninstalled in time or make the drive to Hervey Bay.
He said the time frame was important because after the date of September 28, if his alcohol ignition interlock system is not taken out or recalibrated, his car won't start.
"I have been told there is a seven-day leeway to this, but I believe there should be more places in town authorised to carry out the interlock system work," he said.
"There is only one place in Bundaberg, one in Hervey Bay, one in Brisbane, it seems a little silly."
An alcohol ignition interlock is fitted to a person's car, and means it can only be started when the driver provides a zero alcohol reading by breath test at the start of the journey.
If alcohol is detected in the driver's breath, the vehicle will not start.
The device can also require random breath tests while driving.
Apart from the frustrating situation, Mr Stanley said the interlock system had actually turned his life around in a positive way.
"Now that the system is soon to be removed from my car, I have gone and bought myself my very own breathalyser," he said.
"I am not going to get caught drink driving again."
"I am not going to quit drinking but this experience has taught me to think before I act and to just forget about driving anywhere as soon as I have a beer."