Frequently Asked Questions
An ignition interlock is a device which is installed in a vehicle that measures the level of alcohol in your breath and prohibits the start of the vehicle if a level of alcohol is detected above your state requirements.
The ignition interlock requires a driver to provide a breath sample into the unit before starting the vehicle. If the breath sample meets the state set alcohol requirement, the vehicle can be started. If an alcohol level is detected above the State set alcohol level, the vehicle will not start. Periodic retests are also required once the vehicle has been started to ensure the driver stays within the State set requirements.
Yes, our device meets the National Highway Traffic Administration’s requirements and safety standards.
Yes. Depending on your restriction, the device will need to be serviced every 30, 60 or 90 days. Certain state requirements allow the service to be done by our mail-in exchange program. Please contact ADS directly at 800-786-7394 to determine your specific state requirements.
An ignition interlock must be installed by a certified installer. Please contact ADS directly at 800-786-7394 and one of our representatives will assist you in scheduling an appointment with one of our certified installation centers.
Depending on the year, make and model of your vehicle, the installation can take anywhere from 1 hour to 3 hours.
Yes; however, anyone attempting to start the vehicle will need to provide a breath sample in order to start the vehicle. Any violations will be recorded on the convicted driver’s log and will be reported to the monitoring state agency.
No. All of our installers have been certified to install, service and remove our devices without causing any damage to the vehicle.
Once the vehicle has been started, random rolling retests are requested. If you are prompted to provide a rolling retest sample, this is done the same way the sample was provided to start the vehicle. Ample time is given so that if you wish, you may pull the vehicle over to the side of the road to provide the rolling retest sample.
The mechanic should call ADS directly at 800-786-7394 and press the option for technical support. ADS will work with the mechanic so that they are able to service the vehicle.
No. The ignition interlock device will not turn off the engine once it has been started. The ignition interlock will only prevent you from starting the vehicle if alcohol is detected.
No, however, there are substances that contain alcohol. For example, some mouthwashes, toothpastes, cold medicines, etc. may contain alcohol that can be detected by the ignition interlock device. It is recommended that you rinse your mouth prior to providing a sample and avoid using products containing alcohol before providing a sample into the device.
No, in order to start the vehicle you must pass the breath sampling test.
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. Lockout requirements are mandated by the reporting agency or state.