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Why does my interlock device test me so often?

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Why does my interlock device test me so often?

POSTED ON: 06/21/2022

If you are using an ignition interlock device in your vehicle and you know someone else who also has a device, you may be wondering why these devices prompt for a test at different intervals. It may seem like your device is prompting you for a sample during a rolling retest (or running retest) more often than your friend’s device does. Why is that? Is there a reason behind the frequency of ignition interlock rolling retests?

Ignition interlock tests – How is the timing determined?

The initial test happens when you start your vehicle after providing a breath sample into your ignition interlock device. Then the device will prompt you for additional tests at random times after your initial test. 

It may seem like you are providing more tests than your friend, but the tests occur at random intervals per your state’s interlock regulations. Smart Start, or any other state-approved interlock company, does not have authority over the frequency of your tests because that portion of your interlock program is mandated by agencies outside of our control. We simply set your device to follow the regulations set forth for your specific situation.

The time you have to complete a rolling retest also differs because it too is state-regulated. In general, though, you will have between four to six minutes to pull over, safely put your vehicle in park, and complete a rolling retest.

Need a device installed?

If you're in need of interlock device installation in Louisiana, Smart Start can definitely help with the best alcohol monitor services and products available. We've got several locations across the state and we're ready to get you back on the road.

We currently offer locations in the following Louisiana places:
Alexandria
Baton Rouge
Bossier City
Covington
Deridder
Hammond
Houma
Jefferson
Lafayette
Slidell

Next steps

Starting the process of interlock installation and service is easy. You can call us at 1-866-447-8686 or you can complete our quick online form.

We're ready to get you back on the road!

Smart Start of Louisiana is the smart choice for ignition interlock because we offer top-notch customer service and a convenient process. We schedule ignition interlock device installations ahead of time when it is convenient for you. Smart Start offers a toll-free 24/7 service line where you can always speak to a real person. Contact us now so we can help you get back on the road sooner!

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