Frequently Asked Questions
What is an ignition interlock?
An interlock is a breath analysis device that is installed in a motor vehicle. The interlock prevents an alcohol-impaired person from starting the motor vehicle. Retests are randomly required during operation of the vehicle. The interlock system records dates, times, test results, engine runs and engine offs. This data is provided to designate authorities and used to determine compliance with the interlock program.
Will the unit shut off the engine?
No. An interlock does not shut off a vehicle's engine or stop it abruptly in its tracks. If a Retest is failed or if the Retest is not presented when required, a violation will be recorded and the vehicle's horn will sound and the lights will flash until either the breath test is passed or the driver turns off the vehicle.
What if the vehicle stalls in traffic?
The interlock allows a free restart of four minutes. The vehicle can be restarted within this time without another breath test.
How much does it cost in New York?
In addition to any fees required by your monitoring agency, you will pay:
$70.00 Standard Installation Fee
$75.00 Monthly Monitoring Fee
$82.00 Monthly Monitoring Fee - with Camera Unit
You will pay for the installation and the first month’s service fee, plus applicable sales taxes.
Will the interlock record "false positive" tests?
The Draeger Interlock® utilizes electrochemical fuel cell technology which is alcohol specific. The Draeger Interlock® will not show a positive alcohol result for non-alcohol airborne pollutants.
How often will the interlock need to be monitored?
The monitoring time interval can vary from state to state, but in New York the interlock is monitored at the service center 30 days after installation and every sixty (60) days thereafter. This monitoring and calibration check will take approximately fifteen (15) minutes.
Can't someone besides the driver provide the test?
Yes. A non-compliant user might request that someone (a stranger, family member, older teenager) provide a passing breath sample. The interlock does
Not positively identify the driver. The Retest feature, however, requires subsequent random breath samples during the journey, and shortly after the engine start. In addition, the breath sample must fulfill a volume specification and be presented in a unique manner. Incorrect breath presentation is noted in the events log.
After the interlock is installed, is technical support available?
Yes. We train you to use the interlock. We will give you an additional number to call for 24-hour emergency response and assistance.
What if I miss my monitoring appointment?
State law requires that your device to be serviced regularly. You will be required to bring the vehicle in for monitoring every sixty (60) days. If you miss your appointment and are locked out, or your unit locks out due to violations, you will be required to tow the vehicle into the service center of your choice at your expense. There is a fee of $25.00 for missing your appointment.
How do I enroll?
In Monroe County simply call 910-231-1277, Jenson Brown will answer any additional questions you may have and schedule your appointment.
For Erie or Niagara County call 716-553-9583 for John Fasciana.
Please have your driver's license, vehicle make and model, and court order paperwork available when you call.