If you are having an ignition interlock installed in your car, you should know that the device is not “set and forget.” Due to the important nature of their task, ignition interlocks must be brought to a service centre for a scheduled program check at regular intervals – usually 30 to 60 days.
Two things happen at this appointment. First, the device is calibrated. To ensure that your unit is always measuring breath alcohol accurately, the interlock is tested and, if need be, adjusted so that it accurately reflects your breath alcohol concentration. The car wiring is also inspected for signs of tampering or wear.
Second, data on interlock operation since your last service appointment, which is stored on a microchip, is downloaded, reviewed and sent to monitoring authorities. If there have been any failed tests, they will have been recorded. That is why it is extremely important not to drink while using an interlock. The monitoring will also reveal if the device has been disconnected or otherwise tampered with.
Your ignition interlock program check does not take long – fifteen to thirty minutes, usually. Then you’re on your way.
It’s important that you do not miss your service date. The reminder screen on your LifeSafer FC200 will notify you of the time and day of an upcoming appointment. Missing an appointment means a fee and a service lockout – your car will have to be towed to the service centre. So be sure to call and change your appointment if you can’t make the scheduled one. You can have your program check at any LifeSafer location, provided you call ahead and arrange it.
Your LifeSafer program check ensures that your car breathalyzer results are always accurate, and you can stay on the road legally and safely.