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Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Devices (BAIIDs) are portable breathalyzers for your car used to test the breath alcohol concentration (BrAC) of DUI offenders. BAIIDs help to prevent repeat violations by not allowing the vehicle to start unless the user’s BrAC reading is at or below the legal limit. BAIIDs are designed so the driver is required to blow into a mouthpiece to test his or her BrAC prior to driving and at random intervals throughout the drive. The installation of a BAIID is required for first-time DUI offenders in many U.S. states. Learn all about BAIIDs, how they work, what they cost, how to install and repair them and more.

How does a BAIID work?

An ignition interlock device, similar to a portable breathalyzer, requires the user to blow a breath sample into a mouthpiece. This will determine the alcohol concentration level within the body. The legal limit for blood alcohol and breath alcohol concentration is 0.08% in all 50 U.S. states. If the user’s BrAC is above the limit, the BAIID equipped vehicle will not start.

BAIID costs

An ignition interlock device costs as little as $2.15 a day and is an affordable way to help prevent drunk driving. Other costs associated with BAIID devices include the installation and removal fees, which vary in price in different locations, but usually start around $80. The price of a BAIID is much lower than the cost of a DUI and all of its accompanying fees.

Related: Find out what getting a DUI will really cost you in this infographic.

How to install, repair and service a BAIID

The installation process for BAIID devices is simple. Individuals are not allowed to install BAIID devices themselves but Intoxalock specialists can help you quickly find an authorized service center to schedule an appointment with so that you can be on your way to regaining your license as soon as possible. Appointments usually take an hour to an hour and a half depending on the vehicle being serviced. BAIID devices do not do any damage to cars and installation is an affordable process. If your BAIID is in need of repairs, you can bring it to a local service center.

Related: Get all of your BAIID frequently asked questions answered.

Effects of a BAIID on your vehicle

Assuming you utilize an authorized professional to perform installation and servicing, BAIIDs will not do any damage to cars. However, all BAIIDs may use up some extra battery power. You can prevent your battery from draining by putting your BAIID into sleep mode, a feature only available through Intoxalock.

All Intoxalock BAIIDs meet the model specifications set by federal government regulations and are affordably priced. Contact us to learn more about BAIID options as well as our other preventative solutions.

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