I Have an Ignition Interlock in My Vehicle. What If I Stall?
If you are required to have an ignition interlock in your vehicle because of an alcohol-related driving offense, you know the first rule: you can’t start your car or truck unless you take a breath test first. Once you pass your breath test, you’re on your way, though you’ll need to take further tests (called rolling re-tests) while you’re driving. It’s a routine that takes getting used to, but thousands of people do it every year, passing their tests and eventually graduating out of their interlock program.
On think you’ll have noticed is that the breath test does take a bit of time. You need to let the device warm up, blow for 5 seconds, then wait for the breath analysis and the go-ahead.
But what if your car stalls in the middle of traffic? Will you have to take the test in the intersection, with everyone honking at you? If you’re new to the ignition interlock, you’re probably nervous enough and don’t need to have the world breathing down your neck while you try to remember the breath test procedure.
Stall Protection – Giving You a Break in Traffic
The good news is you’re off the hook if your engine stalls. Most ignition interlocks, including all of LifeSafer’s devices, have something called Stall Protection. If your engine stalls – perhaps a shifting problem or other mishap – you have a certain amount of time to start it again without needing a test. Depending on your state, it could be 2 to 5 minutes. In any case, it’s enough to fire the engine up again so you don’t have to hold up traffic while you blow into the interlock.
It always takes some getting used to an ignition interlock device before you can drive confidently with it. At LifeSafer, we engineer them not just to be accurate and reliable, but also to be as user-friendly and transparent as possible, so you can get behind the wheel and get on with your life – driving safely and legally.