Abstinence Monitoring and Interlock Systems with Positive Identification

This paper describes how one of the ongoing concerns with the use of ignition interlocks is the inability to positively identify the driver providing the breath sample. While several jurisdictions have passed legislation that makes it an offense to either provide a breath sample to an interlock restricted driver, or for an interlock-restricted driver to request a bystander for a breath sample. However, the ability to enforce this behavior is limited. Some interlock devices are capable of breath-pulse recognition but this feature cannot provide positive identification of the driver in a manner that is acceptable to courts. Lifesafer Interlock is currently developing a prototype device that would include the ability to accurately identify the individual providing the breath sample and there are several unique features associated with this device. In general, this device can provide an opportunity to identify individuals who fail alcohol tests, commit violations, or are non-compliant. The ability of offenders to avoid identification or to circumvent the device is minimized and offenders are substantially deterred from obtaining a breath sample from others. Of considerable benefit, the inconvenience associated with this device is nominal with drivers being required to remove such items as hats and sunglasses. This also serves to create positive identification and report information in a form that is acceptable to both courts and licensing agencies. As a final note, the technology that has been incorporated in this device is both reliable and economically viable.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: pp 26-28
  • Monograph Title: Alcohol Interlock Programs: Pushing Back the Frontiers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01053855
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 092007152x
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 8 2007 11:34AM