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What is an Interlock Device?

A comprehensive guide to Ignition Interlock Devices.

5 Tailgating Rules and Alcohol Laws to Remember

It’s an American tradition to tailgate before major sporting events, like NFL games, college homecomings, and even high school games in some areas. People love creatively setting up their tailgate spot with food, games like cornhole, and of course, beer.

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BAC vs. BrAC: What's the Difference?

Many people may be familiar with the concept and terminology of blood alcohol content, but when it comes to differentiating BAC from Breath Alcohol Content (BrAC) most people do not know the difference.

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Ignition Interlock Tips for Cold Weather

Your interlock device gives you the freedom to get where you need to go safely. While interlock devices are built to withstand a lot of weather fluctuations, extreme heat and cold can cause some challenges. Luckily, we have many suggestions for things you can do to protect your device from extreme cold.

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Ignition Interlock Tips: 5 Things You Should Avoid

When you need an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle, the first thing you need to do is learn how to use the device. And you also need to understand things you shouldn’t do. We've compiled a list of the top five steps to practice when you have a car breathalyzer to keep things running smoothly.

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How to Handle a Car Repair with an Interlock Device

Every vehicle needs routine maintenance and the occasional repair — even those vehicles with an ignition interlock device installed. In most cases, you’ll have your ignition interlock device installed for six months or more, so it’s likely you’ll need regular maintenance like an oil change during your interlock term. It’s also possible you’ll need a different kind of repair, or a part will need replacing.

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How to Lower BAC Fast: Myths and Tips

There are a lot of myths floating around about how you can sober up or trick a breathalyzer after a night of drinking. They might include eating a certain food, sucking on a penny, or drinking a pot of coffee. However, these myths are not actually true, and doing these things won’t miraculously sober you up.

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Ignition Interlock Device Violations & Penalties

Every interlock on the market requires users to provide a breath alcohol content (BrAC) sample in order to start their vehicle. Though it varies by state, the typical allowable limit is around .02 percent.

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What Happens During a Random Interlock Retest?

In order to ensure that the driver remains sober, ignition interlock devices are programmed to request random retests during most trips.

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How Does Alcohol Affect Driving?

It’s well-known that alcohol affects your judgment the more you drink. It also impacts your fine motor skills, reaction time, and other mental abilities. This is why intoxicated people often make bad decisions they normally would never make. Often, this poor judgment can lead to driving while intoxicated despite the danger.

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Best Breathalyzer for Vehicles

When choosing an ignition interlock provider, the first step is to find out what providers are approved in your state. When interlock installation is mandatory, customers must select from a list of approved providers, as the devices must be monitored by the monitoring authority. 

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Finding a State-Approved Interlock Provider

When an interlock device is court-mandated, you are required to install an IID from a state-approved provider. These providers work with your state’s monitoring authority to keep your data secure while sharing it with the proper channels.

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Intoxalock vs. LifeSafer: How They Compare

Ignition interlock devices are used by most states to prevent drunk driving. When an individual is convicted of an alcohol-related driving offense, they must get an ignition interlock device, or IID, installed. Sometimes these devices are referred to as car breathalyzers, or breath alcohol ignition interlock devices (BAIID).

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Intoxalock vs. Smart Start: Which Interlock Provider is Best?

In many states, ignition interlock devices are required or mandated by the court system for alcohol-related offenses. People convicted of driving under the influence, or DUI, are often required to have an ignition interlock device (IID) installed for a specific length of time. Some drivers may even choose to get a device installed voluntarily to help maintain sobriety.

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Mobile Interlock Installation FAQs

In some states, interlock providers are allowed to offer mobile installation services. This means that the installation technician will come to you at your home or workplace to install your interlock device. In some cases, you may need to visit the installation center for calibration, but other states also offer mobile calibration services.

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Portable Breathalyzers: Cost, Accuracy, and More

Ignition interlock devices are often called car breathalyzers. Portable breathalyzers are similar to IIDs, but have one key difference. Portable breathalyzers are wireless, whereas interlock devices are wired directly into the car’s ignition. We will answer all your most frequently asked questions about these unique devices.

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