Ignition Interlock Device
Confused on where to start after receiving a DUI offense? You’re now required to get an ignition interlock device (or handheld car breathalyzer) and don’t know which kind to get? DUI laws vary by state and finding an ignition interlock device installation location near you can be hard. Don’t worry! We make it easy and will get you back on the road.
All your ignition interlock device questions answered here.
What is an Ignition Interlock Device?
An ignition interlock device is a breath alcohol analyzer connected to the ignition of a car, also known as a handheld car breathalyzer. You may be required to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle after receiving a DUI offense. A vehicle equipped with an ignition interlock device cannot be driven unless the driver passes the unit’s breath alcohol tests.
Ignition interlock devices significantly reduce the amount of drunk driving accidents and DUI penalties by preventing the car from starting if the driver is too intoxicated.
Our state of the art ignition interlock devices are easy to use.
All Devices Feature
- Easy-to-read digital displays and video sampling indicators
- Detachable, lightweight handheld device to provide discreet mounting options
- Quick and convenient calibrations with daily reminder of next calibration date
- Simple, bilingual voice commands and tone prompts
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How Does the Ignition Interlock Device Work?
Ignition interlock devices analyze and measure the blood alcohol content of a driver before the vehicle can be started. Think of an ignition interlock device as a breathalyzer attached to your car’s ignition. Simply blow into the ignition interlock device before starting your vehicle. If the sample meets your state’s requirement and no alcohol is detected, the car can be started. If alcohol is detected at a level above the state requirements, the vehicle will not start.
Your ignition interlock device will need to be serviced every 30, 60 or 90 days depending on your state’s ignition interlock device requirements and laws. Contact us for details.
What is the Cost of an Ignition Interlock Device?
Ignition Interlock Device FAQs
DUI penalties and ignition interlock device requirements differ by state and can be specific to your offense. Ignition interlock device installation may be mandated by a probation officer, court-ordered, or required from the Department of Transportation. ADS ignition interlock devices meet the National Highway Traffic Administration’s requirements and safety standards.
Our state-of-the art Determinator® product lines are user-friendly, durable, detachable hand-held breathalyzers that are discreetly mounted under your car’s dashboard. We offer ignition interlock devices with and without cameras, depending on your state’s ignition interlock device laws. Contact us for your specific state requirements.
Your ignition interlock device must be installed by a certified installer. Ignition Interlock installation takes 1-3 hours, depending on your car make and model. We can help you find a convenient, certified ignition interlock device installation center near you who can assist with ignition interlock device installation, servicing and removal.
Visit our locations finder and enter your zip code to find authorized ADS Service Center locations closest to you. A map and directions can be found on this page for each location.
If you fail the ignition interlock device test, a lockout will occur. A lockout is a state mandated function of the device that prevents you from starting your vehicle. Lockouts can occur when the device detects alcohol above the state limit, blowing too many positive alcohol samples, failing to submit a breath sample, or tampering with the system. False positives may also trigger a lockout in your device. Alcohol is present in everyday household items like mouthwash, cough syrups, perfumes, etc. If you are exposed to them prior to providing an ignition interlock device sample, you may fail the test.
Lockout requirements are mandated by the reporting agency or state. Failing an ignition interlock device test has consequences that depend on your state and offense, and may result in a violation.
View our installation manuals by state for more detailed information on failing an ignition interlock device test.
If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your ignition interlock device or your car breathalyzer is just not working, we offer resources that will help you get back on the road as soon as possible. Your installation mechanic should call ADS directly at 888-786-7384 and press the option for technical support. ADS will work with the mechanic so that they are able to service the vehicle.
Or call us now and our knowledgeable customer service professionals are ready to help when you need us!