Intoxalock, formerly doing business as Oklahoma Automotive Safety Systems, installs and services top-rated ignition interlock devices in the State of Oklahoma. Ignition interlock devices prevent a vehicle from being operated when the user is under the influence of alcohol.
The Intoxalock is a device that connects directly to the electrical system of your vehicle. If the driver’s breath alcohol content (BrAC) is at or above the State of Oklahoma’s required start-up set point value of 0.020, the vehicle will not start. Using fuel cell technology, Intoxalock is one of the most advanced, reliable and accurate ignition interlock devices in use today. Its one button activation makes it safe and easy to use.
The unit consists of a relay box and a hand-held controller unit. The relay box is installed under the dash of the vehicle and the hand-held control unit is attached to the relay box by a cable. Breath samples are given by blowing into a removable mouthpiece inserted into the hand-held unit.
Prior to starting the vehicle, the driver simply delivers a breath sample into the device. The sample is analyzed and the results are displayed on the front of the hand-held unit. If the BrAC received is below 0.020, the unit will display “start car” and allow the driver two full minutes to start the vehicle. If the alcohol concentration exceeds the pre-set limit, the unit will not allow the driver to start the vehicle.
After the vehicle is initially started, the State of Oklahoma requires users to provide additional samples while the vehicle is in operation, known as a rolling re-test. If the driver does not submit a new breath sample or if the sample exceeds the pre-set limit, the unit will engage the vehicle’s horn until the vehicle is turned off, or a sample is given that is under the pre-set limit. The device will NEVER turn the vehicle off once it has been started.
If the driver has failed to submit a sample during the five minutes allotted to submit to the rolling re-test, this is considered a missed rolling retest. If the sample is above the pre-set limit, the unit will record a failed rolling retest. If a missed rolling retest or a failed rolling retest occurs, the unit will be put into a reset mode. The display will tell you that the unit must be serviced in 5 days from the moment the violation occurred. The operator will need to contact Intoxalock to schedule an appointment to service the unit. The log will be checked and a report will be made to the Installation Authority/Monitor if the violation is a reportable violation.
Why an Interlock?
The State of Oklahoma mandates that in order to obtain a modified driver’s license that allows you to drive while your regular license is under revocation after an alcohol-related driving offense, you must have an approved ignition interlock device installed on the vehicle you are operating.
Additionally, some Oklahoma Courts and probation departments require that an approved ignition interlock be installed as a condition of probation, or as an alternative to serving time in jail.
To begin the process, contact the Department of Public Safety to request an application for a driver’s license modification. After the submission of the application and required fee, you are instructed to have an ignition interlock installed. As soon as the device is installed, you will receive a Certificate of Installation that is forwarded to the Department of Public Safety and they will issue a modified driver’s license. Normally, this modified driver’s license is unrestricted and you can drive anywhere, anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This modified license is usually valid for the time in which your license is revoked.
After your revocation ends, you will be able to have your license reinstated. Depending on the number of prior drug and alcohol related offenses you have had in the past ten years and the severity of your offense, you may have a condition of reinstatement. Condition of reinstatement will require you to continue using the interlock for a set amount of time to maintain your reinstated license.
The installation of an approved ignition interlock device is the only way to legally regain driving privileges and will save you time and money. Please drive responsibly.
The State of Oklahoma requires that all ignition interlock devices be checked for calibration accuracy at least every 65 days, depending on your program. The unit must be physically inspected for signs of tampering and all of the data on the device will be downloaded. If the unit has been tampered with or if there has been a reportable violation, a report will be generated and sent to the Installation Authority/Monitor.