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Which ignition interlock device do I need to install?

This article was originally published on 3/12/2019, and updated with addition information on 5/5/2020.

If you’ve been arrested or convicted of a drunk driving offense (commonly known as DUI, OUI, DWI, or OWI), you may be able to regain driving privileges with the installation of an ignition interlock device (also known as a an IID or a car breathalyzer).

Depending on your state's requirements, you may need an interlock device with additional features.

So, what are these additional features and when do you need them? The following sections address these questions. We also have a visual guide you can download

Do interlock devices have cameras?

Yes. Based on your state’s requirements, you may need to install an ignition interlock device with a camera to help ensure that the correct person is providing each breath sample. The use of camera units on ignition interlock devices has grown nationwide and is now a common requirement for an ignition interlock device program.

If your state, county or judge requires you to install an ignition interlock device with a camera, Intoxalock will order you a device that comes equipped with a small unit that attaches to your windshield. The camera snaps a photo with every breath sample provided. Your ignition interlock camera does not take random photos while you aren’t using your device.

Do interlock devices have GPS?

Yes. Depending on the requirements of your state, you may need to install an ignition interlock device with GPS functionality. This information helps track your location with each sample provided to in the event you are restricted by your state to drive in only certain areas.

Real-time data reporting

More states are beginning to add compliance based removal requirements to help strengthen their ignition interlock device programs. With this, you will need to prove compliance with your ignition interlock device before you are approved by your state to have your breathalyzer removed.

It’s important that your data is transmitted as close to real-time as possible when you are in a program that relies on compliance based monitoring. This will prevent any lag you might otherwise have while waiting for data to be available for download.

Intoxalock breathalyzer devices

Intoxalock offers three different device models, all with different features to ensure you install the device that has the features required by your state. While some state laws require drunk driving offenders to install the basic model, other state laws require more advanced technology.

All Intoxalock models are easy to use, reliable and produce accurate results with each breath sample provided.

Legacy

The Legacy is Intoxalock’s entry-level model. Legacy features include:

  • Easy to use single-button activation
  • LED screen that displays instructions and BrAC (except in states where prohibited by law)
  • No wait time to start in temperatures above 0° F
  • Heat, cold and tamper resistant within common technology parameters
  • Regular interval reporting to state agencies

eLERT - Camera & GPS

The eLERT model has more advanced technology that meets, and even exceeds, tougher state requirements. The eLERT features include:

  • Easy to use single-button activation
  • LED screen that displays instructions and BrAC (except in states where prohibited by law)
  • No wait time to start in temperatures above 0° F
  • Heat, cold and tamper resistant within common technology parameters
  • Camera for driver photo authentication
  • Real-time reporting to ensure state compliance
  • Able to clears lockouts remotely (in states where approved to do so)

eLERT24 Camera & GPS

The eLERT24 combines the functionality of a vehicle ignition interlock device with a 24-hour alcohol monitoring program. When drivers need an ignition interlock device and an alcohol monitoring device to regain driving privileges after a drunk driving offense, the eLERT24 meets both those requirements, saving customers money since they only need to lease one device. Features include:

  • Easy to use single-button activation
  • LED screen that displays instructions and BrAC (except in states where prohibited by law)
  • No wait time to start in temperatures above 0° F
  • Heat, cold and tamper resistant within common technology parameters
  • Camera for driver photo authentication
  • Real-time reporting to ensure compliance
  • Able to clears lockouts remotely (in states where approved to do so)
  • Programmable to meet 24-hour sobriety requirements
  • Home monitoring capabilities

Which interlock device is required in my state?

Many states such as Arizona, Colorado, Texas, and Washington require the eLERT device for their state IID programs. The eLERT24 is approved by many states for 24 hour monitoring, including Califorina. 

Not sure which device you need to meet your state-specific requirements? No problem. Our state specialists know what device you need to fulfill your ignition interlock requirements. To get started with a device, fill out this form, and one of our representatives will be in touch. For more information about an Intoxalock ignition interlock device you can also call an Intoxalock State Specialist at (833) 623-0200.

 



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