Frequently Asked Questions

Are false-positive readings common with your ignition interlock device?2020-10-17T01:12:03-07:00

No, false positives rarely happen with the FR 9000 Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device. Other devices can read a false-positive after a driver has done nothing more than drink a RockStar energy drink or a triple shot of espresso. In the unlikely case that this happens to you with one of our devices, just contact your customer success manager 24/7 and we’ll talk you through what to do next.

Are ignition interlock devices difficult to use?2020-10-17T00:57:10-07:00

There are a variety of ignition interlock devices on the market today with varying degrees of difficulty in use. Most of them require you to blow, hum, then blow again OR blow, suck, then blow again. Our device is by far the easiest to use as it only requires a 1.5 second “blow before you go”

Are ignition interlock devices effective against combating drunk driving?2020-10-15T22:32:19-07:00

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism has found that there is clear evidence that the ignition interlock device installed in a DUI offender’s vehicle is much more effective than alternative methods like license suspension or revocation in deterring DUI recidivism. In fact, an International Council on Alcohol Drugs and Traffic Safety study concluded that “breath alcohol ignition interlock devices, when embedded in a comprehensive monitoring and service program lead to 45% to 95% reductions in the rate of repeat DWI offenses of convicted DWI offenders.”

Can an ignition interlock device be installed in an electric vehicle?2020-10-17T00:54:02-07:00

We can install ignition interlock devices in almost any vehicle, however, there are a few electric powered vehicles that have well documented issues accepting an ignition interlock device of any kind. Make sure to give us a call if you have an electric powered vehicle to inform us of the year, make, and model in advance so that we can do everything we can to calibrate the device properly so it works perfectly from the beginning.

Can an ignition interlock device be installed on a motorcycle in California?2020-10-17T00:53:10-07:00

No, an ignition interlock device cannot be installed on a motorcycle in the State of California. Unfortunately, you will not be able to drive your motorcycle until you receive an unrestricted license.

Can an ignition interlock device shut off my vehicle?2020-10-17T00:56:02-07:00

Absolutely not. Our ignition interlock device is connected to your starter and is only designed to prevent drivers from starting their vehicles when they are under the influence of alcohol, but will not shut off the vehicle once it’s been started.

Can I travel out of state with the ignition interlock device installed on my vehicle?2020-10-17T01:05:28-07:00

Yes, you can travel outside of the state, or even outside of the country, with our ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle. Your restricted license limits you to only driving vehicles with an ignition interlock device installed.

Can other people operate my vehicle while the ignition interlock device is installed?2020-10-17T01:04:21-07:00

Anyone who has a driver’s license can legally drive your vehicle, however, they must submit a breath sample in order for them to start it, just like you do. Hence, you will need to keep an accurate record of who is operating your vehicle in your stead. 

Can you help with finding SR-22 insurance?2020-10-15T23:05:14-07:00

Yes we can, in fact we’re partnered with several insurance companies whose quotes oftentimes beat the ones received by current insurance providers. SR-22 insurance is mandatory in legally driving a motor vehicle after a DUI conviction, even with the ignition interlock device installed.

Do I need to have an ignition interlock device installed if I was convicted of a DUI in another county?2020-10-17T01:06:19-07:00

As of January 1, 2019, the SB1046 law was implemented requiring every first DUI offender in every county in the State of California install an IID in their vehicle in order to get their license back. First DUI offenders with injury are required to have the IID installed for 6 months, while first DUI offenders with no injury have the option of either choosing a 6 month IID with full driving privileges or a 1 year restricted license limited them to drive to and from work/treatment program.

Do I need to have an ignition interlock device installed if I was convicted of a DUI in another state?2020-10-17T01:07:33-07:00

If you were convicted of a DUI in a different state, then you have a couple of options moving forward. You could contact an Ignition Interlock Device company in the state of your DUI conviction, or you could contact the Department of Motor Vehicles in the state of your DUI conviction and request that they forward your DUI information to the State of California DMV. In some very rare cases, the state in which you received the DUI conviction could issue you a form that could relieve you of your obligation for an ignition interlock device.

How do I get my license back?2020-10-15T22:50:52-07:00

Typically, at the time of arrest or shortly thereafter, you will receive an Order of Suspension, which does not go into effect immediately, however, sometimes immediate suspension does occur. Upon suspension of your license, you will need to enroll in an approved DUI program. The program administrator will need to file a Proof of Enrollment Certificate on your behalf (form DL-107), which they then submit to the DMV electronically. Next, you will need to obtain proof of financial responsibility, usually in the form of an SR-22, which is a special type of car insurance liability coverage. 

Finally, you will be required to install an ignition interlock device in order to be legally eligible to operate a motor vehicle again. The first step after you contact us to get the interlock device will be to verify your eligibility for the device installation with the DMV. Once verified, we can schedule your installation appointment. Once the device has been installed we will issue you a DL920 form, which you will have to take to the Department of Motor Vehicles in person. After you’ve submitted all your paperwork, you’ll be allowed to pay the fees associated with getting your restricted license issued.

How does an ignition interlock device work?2020-10-15T22:31:02-07:00

An ignition interlock device interrupts the signal from the ignition to the starter until the minimal alcohol guidelines in that state are met. In other words, the device acts as a buffer that prevents you from starting your vehicle without first knowing if you have any alcohol in your system. This device does not have the ability to shut off your car once it is turned on as it is merely connected to the starter and battery of your vehicle, not your engine.

How long does it take to get my license back?2020-10-15T22:58:47-07:00

That really depends on how quickly you can meet all DMV and court requirements particular to your case. On average, we can schedule your vehicle for installation within 24 hours from when you contact us to determine your eligibility.

How much does an ignition interlock device cost to have installed?2020-10-17T01:09:04-07:00

We offer competitive all-inclusive pricing when you lease one of our devices, which includes: installation, calibration, removal, service fees, technical support, taxes, insurance, and all lockout codes.

How often do I have to blow into my ignition interlock device?2020-10-17T01:00:12-07:00

With our ignition interlock device, you will be prompted to blow as follows:

  • In order to start your vehicle.
  • Between 4 and 7 minutes after starting your vehicle. 
  • Following the first test after starting the vehicle, you will be asked to blow again approximately 15 minutes later. 
  • Finally, your device will prompt you approximately every 25 minutes thereafter. Keep in mind that with our device you will have approximately 5 minutes to pull over to ensure that you are safe to blow a breath sample.
If I have more than one vehicle, do I have to install an ignition interlock device on all of them?2020-10-17T01:19:04-07:00

If you have multiple vehicles, then you do not automatically have to install an ignition interlock device in all of them. The Department of Motor Vehicles only requires that you install the device in one vehicle, which allows them to issue you a restricted license limiting you to only operating motor vehicles that have ignition interlock devices installed in them. All additional vehicles you own and want to drive must meet the restrictions on your license (i.e., IID).

Is performing a blow test while driving dangerous?2020-10-17T00:58:10-07:00

No, however, you must use caution when determining when it’s safe to blow into your device while on the road. Our device gives you approximately 5 minutes to pull over safely before providing a breath sample.

What causes a false-positive reading on an ignition interlock device?2020-10-17T01:13:07-07:00

A false positive may be triggered in our device only if you have had a product that contains alcohol in your mouth. This could include things like mouthwash or chloraseptic spray, but could also include sugar alcohols found in many food and drink products. The sugar alcohols commonly found in foods are sorbitol, mannitol, xylitol, isomalt, and hydrogenated starch hydrolysates. If you think you have eaten or drank something containing questionable ingredients, then rinsing your mouth out thoroughly can improve your chances of not blowing a false-positive. Our ignition interlock device has a cutoff level of BAC 0.025 which means you will not get false positives from foods or drinks with slight levels of alcohol.

What happens if I drink alcohol and blow into the device?2020-10-17T01:10:57-07:00

If you have been drinking and then blow into the device it will warn you that you failed, keep a record of that failure, then prevent you from driving until you provide a clean breath sample. Our customer service representatives are on standby twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week to assist you in the event that you can’t start your vehicle due to a blow test failure.

What if I have a question about the ignition interlock device on my vehicle?2020-10-17T01:21:03-07:00

Contact your client success coach 24/7 using the contact information they provided.

What if I have a respiratory problem that makes blowing difficult?2020-10-17T01:14:12-07:00

We understand that illnesses like asthma, emphysema, COVID-19, and other respiratory conditions prevent people from blowing like healthy people do. Fortunately, we use the FR 9000 Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device, which allows us to calibrate it to still accept a weak breath from someone who may have respiratory problems.

What is a running test/rolling retest?2020-10-17T01:03:22-07:00

A “Rolling Retest” is simply a breath test while you are driving. According to State of California regulation, you are required to periodically submit the additional breath samples while you are driving in order for you to continuously prove the absence of alcohol. When undergoing a rolling retest (within 4 to 12 minutes of starting your car), the device will ask you to provide another breath sample. Following this test, you will be asked for another set of samples approximately every 15 to 25 minutes. In the case that you are uncomfortable providing the samples while you are driving, our device gives you approximately 5 minutes to safely pull off the road and retest.

What is an ignition interlock device?2020-10-15T01:54:03-07:00
An ignition interlock device is a breath analyzer that was created in order to prevent someone who has been drinking alcohol from driving a motor vehicle. In other words, an interlock device is simply a breathalyzer for your vehicle. Its purpose is to ensure that the vehicle’s driver isn’t putting anyone at risk due to his or her possible alcohol consumption. An ignition interlock requires a breath sample every time you start your car to ensure that you aren’t impaired.
What quality standards are your interlock devices held to?2020-10-17T00:51:47-07:00

Ignition interlock devices play a very important role in ensuring the safety of all drivers and pedestrians. Because of this, it is held to very strict quality standards. As a matter of fact, it needs to meet the strict requirements of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the NHTSA. It also needs to undergo a series of tests before it gets approved in the state where it is intended to be sold and before it is leased in the market. NHTSA has also released a model guidelines as a way of encouraging the states to adopt the said device for drivers who have already been convicted for drunk driving.

Will an ignition interlock device damage my vehicle?2020-10-17T00:55:12-07:00

No, an ignition interlock device will not damage your vehicle. Our certified ignition interlock technicians have been installing devices into vehicles (foreign and domestic) for more than a decade. Our vetting process for technicians is meticulous and includes federal background checks, fingerprinting, and drug screening.

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