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Connecticut Ignition Interlock Device Program Dui

Updated on August 29, 2018
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Ignition Interlock Device BAIID

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Don't do the crime unless you can do the time!

By time I mean the six months to four years of having a breath alcohol ignition interlock device in your car. Some time ago a friendly contact in my state's DMV told me that I must get involved with an upcoming DUI interlock program being instituted by the state department of motor vehicles. I'm always game for some new adventure so I made some calls and became one of the many installers of these little instruments of pain and suffering.

Seven choices and they aren't heaven.

In my state there are currently seven interlock providers. I represent three of them. The way the devices operate is mandated by state law so they work essentially the same with some slight differences. You must give a breath sample to start the car and at a random time interval while driving. It's a good idea to practice using the device before beginning everyday use. It's not as easy to give the correct sample the first time as you might think.

Tips to avoid violations

Stop drinking! The interlock will pick up alcohol in your system from the previous day.

Do not ►EVER leave car running unattended, you must be there for every retest.

You must comply with every test request, even if you are about to turn off the car.

Avoid lending your car; borrowers must be trained by you on interlock.

Don't eat or drink (only water) 15 minutes before using device. Do not eat while driving.

Avoid mouthwash, toothpaste, gum, mints, candy and bread before using device.

Hand sanitizer contains alcohol, do not use or store in the vehicle.

Roll window down to clear the air before blowing a rolling retest.

Do not leave the handheld device in the sun. Place it under the seat or cover it.

Air fresheners can contaminate the air. Remove all air fresheners!

Weak car batteries will cause you grief; you may need to replace your car battery.

Violation types:

Alcohol detected.

Ignoring retest.

Disconnected or dead battery.

Activation without starting car.

Removal of device from car.


Violations will trigger early calibration.

Some interlock companies in no particular order

Intoxalock 1-877-777-5020

Low Cost Interlock 1-844-387-0326

Sens-o-Lock 1-404-748-4484

The typical monthy lease payment is about 100 bucks a month plus an install charge ranging from 200-400 dollars depending on the complexity of the vehicle. When the punishment ends there is a removal charge typically 100 to 200 bucks.

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