Thank you for choosing Alcohol Detection Systems, enclosed you will find a user’s manual that covers the use of the ADS Determinator Ignition Interlock Device. After reading this entire manual, you should have a good understanding of the use of our device, if not re-read the material, and the installer will walk you through the basics. There is a lot of information here so take your time and familiarize yourself as much as you can with it.
Every day when you power up your device it will display a countdown to your next mandatory service date.
Normally at start up the device will display the number of days till service (service due XX days) it will also display your next service date. pay attention to this information, if you have a violation or other issue which results in a change in the service in XX days and the verbal notification changes to “Return for service soon” You need to contact our office immediately to avoid being locked out of your vehicle. AGAIN, if you have a violation it may result in a 5-day countdown to lock out, or if the voice of you unit say’s “return for service soon” you will need to contact ADS immediately to schedule service. The installation center cannot reset devices without prior approval
Please be sure you understand how to use this device before you leave today!
PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE MANUAL BEFORE YOU LEAVE TODAY!!!
If you have a violation which results in a “LOCK DUE 5 DAY” Message, you will need to pay a Early Return Fee, these can occur from simply not following directions so be sure you understand how to use the device.
WARNING! ANY PERSON TAMPERING, CIRCUMVENTING, OBSCURING CAMERA IMAGES, OR OTHERWISE MISUSING THIS DEVICE IS GUILTY OF TAMPERING, TAMPERS WILL BE DETECTED BY THE DEVICE AND REPORTED TO YOUR SENTENCING AGENCY, THE PENNSYLVANIA SECRETARY OF STATE.
If you ever have any questions, refer to your owner’s manual and if necessary call us at (888) 786-7384 we will be glad to answer any questions, or assist you with anything we can!
Please read the entire manual it will help you to understand, the entire process! The most important thing to remember is that this unit is used to detect what is on your breath. The unit is alcohol specific so the only chemical you need to be concerned with is alcohol. Unfortunately Alcohol is present in some everyday things you may not think of. Mouthwash Cough syrups, perfumes, colognes, hair spray, and Hand sanitizers will have alcohol in them and if you are exposed to them prior to providing a sample you may fail a test for obvious reasons. If you fail a start up test it will result in you waiting for the device to allow you to take a new test. It is highly recommended if you are exposed to these chemicals you must allow adequate time for your body to purge these chemicals prior to attempting a breath test. If you were to blow a failure of .025 or above during a startup test the unit will go into a short time out depending on the level of failure. If this does occur immediately drink a glass of water, and rinse your mouth out so that any residual alcohol is washed away, and compete a retest as soon as the device will allow. Upon completion of this timeout (usually 3 – 10 min) you should retest. Failures may result in a violation so think about what you have been exposed to prior to attempting to start your vehicle
BEFORE STARTING THE VEHICLE MAKE SURE ALL ACCESSORIES ARE TURNED OFF!
All you need to do to take a Startup test is turn the ignition key on. The unit will activate and say “Determinator please wait” now it is preparing for your sample. The device must be held upright and as close to level as possible, the device has a built in instrument which will not allow a test if it is too far to one side or the other, ensuring a proper photo of the user. Obstruction of the Camera, is considered a violation of Pennsylvania State law, and can be punishable by requirement extension, or suspension of your driving privilege. Once the unit is ready for your sample the unit will say “please provide sample”. You will then blow hard into the device for about 1 second, the device will beep, you will then immediately suck back, the device will beep, then you will blow out steady and not as hard as the first sample, but not too soft either (this breath will be about 8 seconds), while you are blowing the device will beep there are three tones, as long as the tones are sounding continue to blow the three tones are low (blowing too soft) normal (blowing correct) High (blowing too hard), blow till it stops beeping. The most common errors here is sucking back too long, or blowing the second out breath too hard. Once the device stops beeping wait for “test Passed you may start the vehicle” once you hear this, you can start the vehicle anytime during this free start period. Upon successful completion of a startup test you may start the vehicle for up to 2 minutes. Always wait for the device to say “YOU MAY START THE VEHICLE” If the device verbally says INVALID SAMPLE the digital display will scroll the reason for the error in the window, most common errors are Too Hard, or Not in Time these both mean you are blowing too hard on your final long sample, retry and lower this final pressure until the device accepts your sample, other reasons for invalid sample can be found later in this manual.
Once you start the vehicle the unit will randomly test you while the vehicle is running. When calling for a retest the unit will light up beep and say, “retest required please provide sample” ADS recommends you pull over to a safe location to perform random retests. Random Retest should not be performed while the vehicle is moving. Once you’re in a safe position to perform the test, leave the vehicle running, and perform the test as required. Look at the display, and listen to the voice commands. This will allow you to get familiar with the retest procedure, without the distraction of driving. Remember you have 3 minutes to provide the sample! All you need to do is present a sample just like a startup test. The device must be held upright and as close to level as possible, the device has a built in instrument which will not allow a test if it is too far to one side or the other, ensuring a proper photo of the user. Obstruction of the Camera, is considered a violation of Pennsylvania State law, and can be punishable by requirement extension, or suspension of your driving privilege. The unit will once again analyze the sample and give you “Test Passed”. If for some reason you were to fail, you will be required to retest until you provide a passing test. This result however could result in a 7-day lockout countdown which does not lock you out immediately that would lock you out after 5 days, this will give you 5 days to start your vehicle normally but the unit will display a service notification each time you attempt a startup. You will need to contact Alcohol Detection Systems at our toll free number as soon as possible after receiving this message. The most common cause of 5-day lock outs is not from failing tests it is from not completing the random retest in time. The most common cause for this is people leaving the vehicle running unattended. ADS recommends taking the keys with you when you leave the vehicle it’s just cheaper for you, anytime something out of the ordinary occurs you should make a record of it in your log, in the event your sentencing agency has a question for you about the incident. Now any time you pass a test or turn the vehicle off you will activate a free start timer. This will allow you to restart the vehicle without a new start up test. If your engine stalls, turn off your key then turn your key back on, wait for the unit to say “you may start your vehicle” then start the vehicle back up
NOTE: Completely read and understand this manual before operating a vehicle with the Determinator System installed.
A user must comply with the requests of the unit and follow its instructions in a timely manner.
Failure to do so may require early service or a complete vehicle lockout – at the driver’s expense and inconvenience. Always operate the vehicle and provide breath samples in a safe manner.
Alcohol Detections Systems’ Determinator is a breath alcohol ignition interlock device(BAIID) designed to prevent a driver from starting a vehicle when his breath alcohol content (BRAC) is above a defined set point. It is certified per NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) specifications as published in Federal Register Vol 78, No 89, May 8th, 2013. Additionally, the device has been certified and approved for use in the State of Pennsylvania.
The Hand Held is the removable portion of the Determinator system into which a user provides a breath sample. Display messages and voice prompts are provided by the Hand Held to instruct a user.
The Vehicle Module is wired to the vehicle’s electrical system. It is out of sight of the user and provides the connection to the vehicle. The coiled cord is permanently attached to the Vehicle Module and connects to the Hand Held.
Along with Hand Held, Vehicle module, and wiring harness, the Determinator Kit includes extra disposable mouthpieces. Additional mouthpieces are available by contacting ADS at (888) 786-7384 Mouthpieces should be changed or cleaned regularly and should not be shared by different users. Always keep a spare handy.
Plug the Hand Held Unit into the Cable. The connector is keyed and will only plug in with the connector writing “up”. To remove, squeeze the both sides of the connector and gently pull.
Turn the ignition to “RUN” - this is the position just before “CRANK”. The Hand-Held will turn on and prompt the user for the next step.
The device must be held upright and as close to level as possible, the device has a built in instrument which will not allow a test if it is too far to one side or the other, ensuring a proper photo of the user. For positive driver identification, the Hand Held takes the driver’s photo at the instant a sample is provided and measured. To ensure the driver’s face is photographed, the unit must be held upright and essentially level (+/- 30 degrees) with respect to the centerline of the mouthpiece. Obstruction of the Camera, is considered a violation of Pennsylvania State law, and can be punishable by extension, or suspension of your permit requirement.
The Determinator must warm to operating temperature before a sample is requested. Bringing a unit indoors in a cold climate will reduce the required warm up time. The message displayed while heating shows 0% to 100% completion.
If an error is detected while taking a sample, the Determinator says “INVALID SAMPLE” at the same time the display will scroll one of the following messages to report the actual error and requests the user retry the sample. Possible errors include:
After a successful sample, the Determinator will say, “You may start the vehicle”. At this time, turn the ignition
to start the vehicle. If a sample is positive for alcohol, “Vehicle Starting is Disabled” will be scroll across the display.
Once the vehicle has been started, do NOT disconnect the Hand Held unit until the vehicle has been turned off.
Once started, the Hand Held will display: “RUNNING”
Randomly, while driving, the Determinator will ask for additional samples. See Random Retest.
While the vehicle is in operation, you will be required to provide retests at random intervals. As the driver, you are required by law to safely provide this sample. Once a test is called for, reduce vehicle speed, pull over, and find a safe location to perform the Random Retest requirement. Turning off the vehicle will not change or eliminate the retest requirement. If you turn it off during the retest, you can turn the vehicle back on and fulfil the test requirement (doing this in some states may be considered a violation). The random retest sample is provided the same way as the original sample – by providing a Blow/Suck/Blow sample. The time allowed for you to provide this test is 3 minutes. If you do not provide the test in this initial 3 minutes the device will verbally request you do so. Do not leave a vehicle running unattended - the random retest will require a sample. If a sample is not provided in the allotted time, sanctions will be invoked. These include an early lockout and vehicle warning indications. For positive driver identification, the Device takes the driver’s photo at the instant a sample is called for, and again when the sample is provided. Obstruction of the Camera, is considered a violation of Arizona State law, and can be punishable by extension of your requirement, or suspension of your driving privilege.
If the engine dies, or is turned off, a courtesy restart is allowed. If a random retest is not required, the vehicle may be restarted for up to two minutes If the engine ever dies or is turned off, turn the key off then to the run position and wait for the device to say “you may start the vehicle” DO NOT attempt to restart the engine until you hear “You May Start the Vehicle” doing so may result in a recorded violation and an early service notification
The Determinator must be returned for state mandated at regular intervals. Every time the Hand Held is turned on, it will display the number of days before the next required service “service due XX day” ... When the device is in the final day before service is due the device will read SERVICE DUE MIDNIGHT. Remember Service due means service is approaching, and Lock due means lock out is approaching. To perform this, you will need to return to your installation center. YOU WILL NEED AN APPOINTMENT TO PERFORM THIS SERVICE. The STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA requires your data be reported to them within certain limits. If you are late in taking your vehicle in, your data will not be able to be reported in time, your license/ privilege may be suspended, and you may be subject to additional fees. If your license/ privilege is suspended, the time with the interlock installed during that suspension will not count toward your required interlock time. Additionally, if service is not performed within the allotted time, the unit will become “locked out”; No samples will be accepted and the vehicle may not be started. A code may be entered through the Hand Held’s keypad to allow a limited period to return for service. Contact ADS and provide the displayed 8-digit serial number to receive a temporary code. A charge will apply. The code will be a 5-digit code containing only the numbers 1, 2, or 3. Enter the code using the corresponding keys on the Hand Held (numbers are written below the buttons). If entered wrong, the ignition must be turned off and back on for the unit to request the code. Once accepted, the unit will reset and begin a normal startup sequence requiring the driver to provide a sample. This code is only allowed once during a monitoring period.
If you fail a start test due to the presence of alcohol, then the device will enter a temporary time out (3-10 min) when this occurs you should immediately determine the reason, and retest after an appropriate time, or the temporary time out has passed. “A person tampering with, circumventing, or otherwise misusing this Ignition Interlock System is guilty of a misdemeanor, and, on conviction is subject to additional time in the Interlock Program, a fine, imprisonment, or possibly all of the above. Tampering and circumvention include: jump or push starting the vehicle, opening the unit’s case, disconnection of the Vehicle Module or battery, and bogus breath samples. If any tampering, circumvention, or positive alcohol is detected by the unit, the service interval may be set to lock due 5 days. If this occurs the unit will be locked out unless returned for service within this time period, you will need to notify Alcohol Detection Systems of the situation so that we can ship a replacement Hand Held device before the countdown ends, there is a charge for this type of violation. The Determinator Hand Held and Vehicle Module devices log and report all aspects of the unit’s operation as well as any tampering or circumvention detected to State authorities.
The Determinator measures and will report the presence of alcohol as a violation and will require an early return for service. Many products you may not consider contain alcohol include:
The Service Center is responsible for vehicle installation, monthly service, early lock out resets, and removal of the Determinator. Feel free to contact Alcohol Detection Systems to report any problems or ask questions related to the operation of the Determinator.
The Determinator should not interfere with the operation of a vehicle after it has been started.
The following messages may be displayed at unit startup with the unit temporarily disabled. If this occurs, turn the ignition off and back on to retry normal operation. If the problem persist check the listing below to see what you can do to resolve the issue, if you cannot resolve the issue call our office and be sure to tell us exactly what the display scrolls in its entirety (the key code will change each time the Ignition is turned off and on) the important message happens after the key code.
The Determinator has several voice prompts that are spoken to alert the user to provide a sample or indicate the unit status.