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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.

  • CST Intoxalock
    Phone: 1-877-777-5020
    Device Manufacturer: Consumer Safety Technology, LLC
    Device Model #: 1001A
    Certification Expiration: 4/4/2017
  • Low Cost Interlock
    Phone: 1-844-494-7782
    Device Manufacturer: Low Cost Interlock
    Device Model #: TAB 720
    Certification Expiration: 8/1/2017
  • New England Interlock
    Phone: 1-800-987-8040
    Device Manufacturer: Lifesafer Interlock Inc.
    Device Model #: FC100
    Certification Expiration: 3/31/2017
  • Senso-O-Lock of America
    Phone: 401-406-3777
    Device Manufacturer: B.E.S.T. Labs Inc.
    Device Model #: FR9000
    Certification Expiration: 10/6/2017
  • Smart Start Inc.
    Phone: 1-844-357-9273
    Device Manufacturer: Smart Start Inc.
    Device Model #: SSI 20/20 & SSI
    Certification Expiration: 3/23/2017