Answers to Your Ignition Interlock Device Questions

What is an ignition interlock device?

An ignition interlock device is a fuel cell based breathalyzer that is attached to a vehicle’s ignition system. When a breath sample is given, the device measures the breath alcohol concentration (BrAC) of the driver to determine if they are under the legal limit in their state. The results are displayed on the devices screen. If the BrAC level is under the legal limit, the vehicle will start. If the sample determines the driver is above the limit, the vehicle will not start until a safe sample is given.

What are the effectiveness of Ignition Interlocks

Ignition interlocks have proven to be highly effective in reducing DWI offenses. Read more about the effectiveness of Ignition interlocks here.

What are the different methods for taking a breathalyzer test?

In an effort to prevent drivers from cheating on their interlock device using compressed air or having another person blow into it, manufacturers have developed devices that have features to make it more difficult to falsify. Below are some of the safeguards that have been built into devices:

  • The hum and blow method. This method requires a driver to both blow and hum simultaneously during the testing process.
  • Requiring that a driver periodically blows into the device while operating the vehicle.
  • Blow and suck. This method requires the user to submit a breath sample by blowing into the device and then sucking air afterwards.
  • Non-human breath detection. You simply put your lips on the mouthpiece, blow for the required amount of time (generally about 4 seconds).

Budget Interlock’s devices can be programmed to require periodic testing while driving and feature non-human breath detection, thereby eliminating the need to hum or suck.

Will my car lock up while I am driving if I fail a test?

No. Due to the possible hazard this could cause, there is no physical way our device will lock up a vehicle.

Is Budget IID in compliance with state requirements for ignition interlocks?

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How often does the device need to be serviced/calibrated?

This depends on the laws in the state you’re in. For example, in the state of Kansas, KDOR requires the driver to bring in their device for service every 30 days. Budget IID devices are detachable and have a USB port for easy access and downloading of customer information. With an appointment, most customers can be in and out within 5 minutes.

If my vehicle stalls, will I be able to restart it immediately?

Yes. You will be able to restart your vehicle up to 3 minutes after a stall, without needing to retest.

What happens if my car needs service and I need to take it to a mechanic?

You will need to call your service center and let them know of the service/repair so they may document the time your vehicle is at the mechanic. This will help assist in your defense if a violation is reported.

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