Frequently Asked Questions:
What does the Ignition Interlock do?
The Drager Ignition Interlock is a device similar to the breathalyzer law enforcement uses. You blow into the device to test your BAC level, and if no alcohol registers, you are able to start and continue to drive your vehicle. If your BAC level is too high, your vehicle won't start. You continue to blow in further tests while you are driving your car. Wisconsin Ignition Interlock Device employees will demonstrate how to use the device when you arrive for installation.
What kind of monitoring is involved?
The Interlock Device records all BAC records, vehicle starts, engine shut-offs and violations including the date and time of all events. These events are uploaded upon recalibration and a report is drawn for the County to review.
How often is the monitoring?
Monitoring or recalibration of the IID is required every two months. We provide this service at no extra charge.
What happens if alcohol is detected by the Interlock Ignition Device?
After a failed test the vehicle will not start and the test will be recorded in the Breathalyzer system as a failed test. Repeated failed tests could result in the device going into lockout mode. The display will show how long the interlock device has you locked out. After the lockout period you will be able to retest.
What is a rolling retest?
A rolling retest is performed in the same way the test is performed to start your car. While driving perform the retest. If you fail the retest you will be asked to take another breath test and if you fail again, the vehicle will go into lock-out mode and you must pull over and turn the engine off immediately. If you fail to take the rolling retest your horn may begin honking and your lights flashing. Also a failure to test will be recorded.
Will the installation of the ignition interlock damage my vehicle?
No. The IID unit is only connected to the wiring under the dash. At the end of the program, this wiring is restored to pre-IID installation conditions. No. When the Ignition Interlock Device signals for a retest, the driver has a few minutes to provide the sample or to pull over to the side of the road in a safe area to provide the breath sample. There are no buttons to push; the driver must only breathe into the unit to complete a breath sample.
Why is servicing the interlock monthly so important?
Service is required monthly to recalibrate the Interlock. If service is not made on your Interlock, the device will permanently lock you out, until a Wisconsin Ignition Interlock employee can remove the lockout. If you get permanently locked out, you have two choices. You can have your vehicle towed to our location to remove the lockout or you can have a technician perform a paid service call wherever the vehicle may be.
Do I own the device once it is installed?
No you are leasing the device from Wisconsin Ignition Interlock Devices and the device should be turned in when you are through.