We are often asked similar questions about Ignition Interlock Devices or Car Breathalyzers – how they work, how much they cost, how effective they are, as well as service-related questions. We’ve gathered together some of the more typical inquiries which you may find useful in deciding what is best for you!
An ignition interlock is a breath analyzer installed into a vehicle to prevent a person from starting the engine after consuming alcohol. If your breath alcohol content (BAC) is over the authorized limit, the vehicle will not start.
The driver must exhale into the device before the vehicle is started. If the BAC analyzed result is greater than the programmed BAC, the device will prevent the engine from starting.
If your license was suspended because of a DUI/DWI offense, the court may require you to get an ignition interlock device to fully restore your driving privileges.
Failure to have an ignition interlock installed when ordered by a judge could result in an additional driving privilege suspension.
Alcohol ignition interlocks are required to meet standards established by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The NHTSA standards ensure the device is reliable and are tested by independent laboratories.
The ignition interlock is the most effective tool for combating alcohol-impaired driving. Many DUI/DWI offenders choose to drive illegally with a suspended or revoked license. The ignition interlock provides a control mechanism to keep drivers from driving intoxicated. With the use of interlocks, more lives will be saved, serious injuries can be greatly reduced, and roadways will be safer.
According to MADD, studies have shown that the devices are up to 90 percent effective in keeping convicted drunk drivers from recommitting the crime, as long as installed on the vehicle. Decreasing recidivism, the re-arrest of an offender who has completed the interlock program and regained unrestricted driving privileges, is a primary goal of the interlock program.
The costs of interlocks vary but are about $70-$150 to install and about $60-90 dollars per month for monitoring and calibration.
No, ignition interlocks are connected to the wiring of the vehicle under the dash and hood. At the end of the program, the wiring is returned to its original condition.
Yes, however that person or another sober individual must ride in the vehicle because the unit will randomly ask for “running retests.” If the test is not taken or is failed, the unit will log a RETEST VIOLATION and the alarm horn will honk until the vehicle is turned off. Most states have laws that include fines and jail for individuals assisting in the circumvention of an interlock.
Starting the car in some way other than blowing into the device, is an additional suspension of driving privileges.
No, current devices have technology such as voice-tone monitoring or temperature gauges which cause the interlock to abort artificial breath samples.
The interlock will enter a temporary lockout period of a few minutes for the first failed BAC test and a longer lock out for any subsequent failed BAC tests. This permits an opportunity for the alcohol to dissipate from the mouth and for the participant to consider the reason for the failed BAC test.
Yes, mouthwash or other common substances that contain alcohol will affect the test. Allow sufficient time for the alcohol to dissipate from your mouth to avoid a FAIL test result.
No, the device has no means of interrupting operation of the vehicle once it is started.
No, the device will randomly ask for breath tests while the vehicle is running. If a sample is not given when requested the device logs a RETEST VIOLATION and the alarm horn starts to honk until the vehicle is shut off.
No, the participant has several minutes to provide the sample or pull over to the side of the road and a safe area to provide the breath sample. There are no buttons to push; the only requirement is to breath into the device to complete a breath sample.
Typically every 30-60 days, possibly more frequently if there are violations.
Yes, anyone driving the vehicle must use the interlock and is responsible for any violations. All other drivers should be trained on the operation of the device.
The driver under this law can not drive any vehicle that does not have an ignition interlock installed. The DMV imprints a notation on the driver’s license stating that the person shall not operate a motor vehicle unless it is equipped with an interlock device and enters this requirement in the person’s driving record.
Almost all 50 states have laws permitting the imposition of ignition interlock devices as sentencing alternatives for drunk drivers. Most states now permit judges to order the installation of an ignition interlock as a condition of probation for repeat offenders; and some states mandate installation for first time offenders.
Often we are able to schedule an installation on the same business day. Contact us toll-free at 1-888-958-8140 for more information.
In States that do not regulate the price of an ignition interlock device, Ignition Interlock Help offers straight-forward, highly competitive pricing. Don’t be fooled by other companies that lure you in with misleading ‘free’ up-front offers, who then hit you with hidden fees month after month. We have never and will never do that.
Because pricing is State-regulated in some markets and pricing is frequently changing to address market requirements, we invite you to call and get a fast and free price quote for your needs. Depending on your situation, location and the equipment you need we will extend the lowest price possible including any current offers that fit your situation; including free installation were available and discounted monitoring fees.
Also, if you are unable to pay for a device, our expert agents will be able to tell you whether your State may be able to offset some of the costs through a special state fund set aside for those who need it.
For your fast and free pricing quote, please contact us toll-free at 1-888-958-8140.
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Can I have an interlock device installed on a family member’s car without it being court mandated?
Absolutely. We offer low rates for voluntary installation and monitoring. Please contact our customer service representatives for more information toll-free at 1-888-958-8140.