Ignition Interlock System

Have you been court-ordered to install an

 Ignition interlock system in your vehicle?


 


Under Texas DWI Law, Ignition Interlock Devices will be required for certain DWI defendants with prior convictions or license suspensions on their record.  Employees who must drive a company car in the scope of their employment may operate an employer-owned vehicle so long as the employer is notified of the Ignition Interlock Device requirement and proof of notification is kept in the vehicle. The ignition interlock device statute requires that a device be installed on all vehicles the DWI offender owns and operates on a regular basis. The device MUST be installed for the requisite time period, or the DWI offender’s driving privileges will not be reinstated. The devices are installed at designated ignition interlock service centers. The DWI offender is responsible to pay the cost of installation, as well as the monthly payments. Offenders who are unable to afford it may petition the court to work out an alternative payment schedule.

The device will be installed on the vehicle and will remain there for the entire time it is required. Any person who wishes to operate the vehicle must use the device in order to start it. Random breath samples are required periodically while the car is in motion to   prevent a sober friend from starting the vehicle. Failure to provide a sample or a sample over the requisite BAC level will result in the sounding of alarms.  If it is unsafe to provide the sample while driving, the driver will be given enough time to safely maneuver off the roadway to blow into the device before the alarm will sound. The device will never immobilize the vehicle when moving, so that accidents may be prevented.

These devices are designed to prevent any tampering. Attempts to tamper or circumvent the device will result in imposition of further penalties.



Who Benefits From Car Breathalyzers?


All DWI offenders have the potential to benefit from the use of the  ignition interlock system—its installation allows offenders to maintain their responsibilities while also reminding them that their behavior has a direct impact on their right to drive. Court systems and motor vehicle administrations agree that car breathalyzers are valuable tools because they deter individuals from driving while intoxicated while the devices are installed. Additionally, when ignition interlock systems are required as a provision of probation or parole, the threat of doing jail time better ensures that DWI offenders will correctly use their car breathalyzer each and every time they get behind the wheel

Not only the general public benefits from an ignition interlock system. DWI offenders benefit as well. Their lives, and those of family members who share the use of the car, can remain relatively undisrupted—individuals can go to work, pick up children, run errand, etc.


Texas Approved Ignition Interlock Devices

The following Ignition Interlock Devices (by type brand and/or model) are approved for use in the State of Texas in compliance with Rule 19.26 of the “Texas Ignition Interlock Device Regulations”.

Intoxaalock

Draeger 3530910

Draeger 3530920

Draeger XT

LifeSafer FC100

Smart Start SS11000

Guardian 3060

Guardian AMS2000

These devices are designed to prevent any tampering. Attempts to tamper or circumvent the device will result in imposition of further penalties.


Who Benefits From Car Breathalyzers?


All DWI offenders have the potential to benefit from the use of the  ignition interlock system—its installation allows offenders to maintain their responsibilities while also reminding them that their behavior has a direct impact on their right to drive. Court systems and motor vehicle administrations agree that car breathalyzers are valuable tools because they deter individuals from driving while intoxicated while the devices are installed. Additionally, when ignition interlock systems are required as a provision of probation or parole, the threat of doing jail time better ensures that DWI offenders will correctly use their car breathalyzer each and every time they get behind the wheel

Not only the general public benefits from an ignition interlock system. DWI offenders benefit as well. Their lives, and those of family members who share the use of the car, can remain relatively undisrupted—individuals can go to work, pick up children, run errand, etc.


Texas Approved Ignition Interlock Devices

The following Ignition Interlock Devices (by type brand and/or model) are approved for use in the State of Texas in compliance with Rule 19.26 of the “Texas Ignition Interlock Device Regulations”.

  • Intoxaalock
  • Draeger 3530910
  • Draeger 3530920
  • Draeger XT
  • LifeSafer FC100
  • Smart Start SS11000
  • Guardian 3060
  • Guardian AMS2000

These devices are often a component of terms of probation for individuals convicted in Texas of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) on subsequent offenses or for first time offenders with a Commercial Drivers License (CDL).


Ignition Interlock Vendors serving Palo Pinto County

  • INTOXALOCK – Call Toll-Free:  1-877-777-5020
  • SMART START – Call Toll-Free:  1-325-677-1335
  • LIFE SAVER INTERLOCK – Call 1-325-513-6867

This list may not reflect ALL vendors serving this area, as new vendors are constantly expanding their service areas. When choosing a vendor, be sure that they have a service center located in or near Palo Pinto County to prevent having to travel long distances for installation and service. You will need to have your device recalibrated on a routine basis. Costs of installation and  servicing varies among vendors from around $50 to $200 for installation and a monthly fee of $50 to $100.

 

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