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Ignition Interlock Systems

What is an Ignition Interlock System?

An ignition interlock device (IID), many times referred to as a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID), is slightly larger than a cell phone and is wired to the vehicle's ignition. These devises can generally be installed quickly. After installation it will require your breath sample before the engine will start. If the ignition interlock detects alcohol on your breath the engine will not start. As you drive the devise will periodically require additional breath samples to insure the absence of alcohol in your system.

Can Ignition Interlock Systems prevent drunk driving?

It will not prevent all impaired driving but if used consistently it will lead to a substantial reduction in the rate of repeat drunk driving offenders. Ignition interlocks work best when combined with other drunk driving prevention programs.

When and how are they used?

Anyone can have an ignition interlock system installed on their vehicle. Parents may install a system to insure the safety of the young drivers in the family or a court may require one to be installed on any vehicle that someone convicted of a DWI drives.

Where can I get an Ignition Interlock System installed?

Currently there are four companies certified in Rhode Island to lease, sell and install ignition interlock systems. Each provider markets a different device and each has their own fees and policies. Below is the contact information for these companies.

  • Consumer Safety Technology, Inc.
    Address: 10520 Hickman Road, Suite F Clive, IA 50325
    Phone: 1-877-777-5020
    Device Manufacturer: Intoxalock
    Device Model #: 1001A
    Certification Expiration: 4/18/2014
  • New England Interlock
    Address: 78 Eddy St, PO Box 367 Attleboro, MA 02703
    Phone: 1-800-987-8040
    Device Manufacturer: Lifesafer Interlock Inc.
    Device Model #: FC100
    Certification Expiration: 3/1/2014
  • Senso-O-Lock of America
    Address: 39 Mowhawk Trail, Slingerlands, NY 12159
    Phone: 404-748-4484
    Device Manufacturer: B.E.S.T. Labs Inc.
    Device Model #: FR900
    Certification Expiration: 3/30/2014
  • Smart Start Inc.
    Address: 4850 Plaza Drive, Irving, TX 75243
    Phone: 1-800-880-3394 Ext: 212
    Device Manufacturer: Smart Start Inc.
    Device Model #: SSI 20/30
    Certification Expiration: 4/19/2014