We know you have a choice of interlock providers, thank you for choosing Alcohol Detection Systems. In this User’s Manual, you will find all the information you need to make your time with our device as easy as possible. After reading this entire manual, you should have a good understanding of the use of the device. If not, re-read the material. Finally, 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. Missing your mandatory service date may cause you to be locked out of starting your vehicle.
At every start up, the device will display the number of days until service (service due XX days). Pay attention to this number. If you have an event or other issue which results in an early return for service, that displayed message will change to a lock due XX days and the verbal notification changes to “Return for service soon.” You need to contact Alcohol Detection Systems immediately to avoid being locked out of starting your vehicle.
Please be sure you understand how to use this device before you leave today!
WARNING! ANY INDIVIDUAL TAMPERING, CIRCUMVENTING, OR MISUSING THIS DEVICE MAY BE SUBJECT TO PROSECUTION AND/OR CIVIL LIABILITY.
If you ever have any questions Refer to your owner’s manual and if necessary, call us at (888) 786-7384 (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 have alcohol in them, and, if you are exposed to them prior to providing a sample, you may fail a test. If you fail a startup 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 allow adequate time for your body to purge these chemicals prior to attempting a breath test. If you blow a failure of .030 or above during a startup test, the unit will go into a time out. If this does occur, turn off your ignition, immediately drink a glass of water, and rinse your mouth out so that any residual alcohol is washed away. Upon completion of this timeout you should retest as soon as possible. Multiple failures may result in a violation and/or temporary lockout, so think about what you have been exposed to prior to starting the vehicle.
To take a startup test, turn the ignition key on. The unit will activate, and the voice will say “Determinator please wait.” Now it is preparing for your sample. 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 inhale through the mouthpiece, 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 long final breath, the device will produce a continuous 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), and high (blowing too hard). Blow until it stops beeping. The most common errors are inhaling too long, or blowing the second (long) breath too hard. Once the device stops beeping, wait for “you may start the vehicle.” Once you hear this, you can start the vehicle. 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. The most common errors are “High Sample,” means you are blowing too hard on the final long sample, and “Blow Not In Time,” means you paused too long to begin the final long sample. Retry and lower the final pressure for High Sample or don’t pause too long to begin the final sample if seeing Blow Not In Time 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 beep and say “please provide sample.” ADS recommends you pull over to a safe location for the retest, as the 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 provide a sample. This will allow you to get familiar with the retest procedure without the distraction of driving. Remember, you have 5 minutes to provide the sample. All you need to do is present a sample just like a startup test. The unit will once again analyze the sample and speak “rolling retest passed, thank you.” If for some reason you were to fail, you will be required to retest until you provide a passing test, or turn off the ignition. This however could result in a LOCK DUE 3 Days message, which does not lock you out immediately, but would lock you out after 3 Days. This will give you 3 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 3-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. We recommend taking the keys with you when you leave the vehicle. 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. Any time you pass a test or turn the vehicle off, you will activate a 3 minutes free re-start timer. This will allow you to restart the vehicle without a new start up test. If your engine stalls, turn off your key and start the vehicle.
When the random retest is requested, the sample must be provided; otherwise a violation will occur. Under these circumstances, before starting the vehicle again, you will need to provide a clean air sample.
If you have your vehicle serviced, you must notify Alcohol Detection Systems prior to, or within 24 hours after ANY major service, this does not include oil changes, or tires. We are mainly concerned with repairs under the hood or within the vehicle’s electrical system.
When you leave today, you should receive 3 mouthpieces, and a box. Your mouthpieces can be washed. Just be sure they are dry before using them with the device. Additional mouthpieces can be obtained by calling Alcohol Detection Systems.
The device is designed to work in all temperature ranges experienced in Texas. In the winter you may experience a longer start-up time as the device warms up to prepare for your sample, in the summer the device can over heat if left in direct sunlight, so never leave your device in direct sun light!!! Un-plugging the handset when vehicle is turned off is allowed to avoid these issues if you prefer. If you prefer to leave the device in your vehicle, leave it in a place that has good air circulation (i.e. under seat), do not leave in a sealed glove box or wrapped in a cloth as this will prevent the device from dissipating heat naturally. If you do leave the unit in direct sunlight and receive an invalid sample due to a sample temp error. Turn off the handset, roll your windows down (to decrease cabin temps) and then blow straight through the device to cool the inside of the unit. After 5 or 6 straight blows, retry your sample and the unit should functionnormally.
Always remove the plastic mouthpiece before disconnecting the handset; this will reduce the chance of breaking the mouthpiece off in the unit. Additionally, it is not necessary to jam the mouthpiece into the opening. Doing so will increase the chance of breaking off the mouthpiece.
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’ DeterminatorDeterminator is a breath alcohol ignition interlock device (BAIID) designed to prevent a driver from starting a vehicle when his or her breath alcohol content (BrAC) is above a defined set point. It is certified per NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) specifications. Additionally, the device has been certified and approved for use in the State of Texas.
The Hand Held is the removable portion of the Determinatorsystem 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 cord is permanently attached to the Vehicle Module and connects to the Hand Held.
Along with the 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 (888) 786-7384 .Mouthpieces should be changed or cleaned regularly and should not be shared by different users. Always keep a spare handy. 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 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.
The Determinator requests a breath sample at turn-on and at random intervals while you drive.
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, you will hear, “Vehicle Starting is Disabled”. 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/inhae/Blow sample. The time allowed for you to provide this test is 5 minutes. If you do not provide the test in this initial 5 minutes, the device will record a missed random retest. 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 may be invoked. These may 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.
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 2 minutes. If the engine ever dies or is turned off, the device will display a 2 minutes countdown to allow you to start your vehicle without a sample being provided. If your vehicle stalls, turn the key off then 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 service every 30 days. 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 1 day. When the actual day of service arrives, the device will read SERVICE DUE MIDNIGHT. After the 30-day countdown, your device has an additional 7-day countdown that will allow your device to operate normally for 7 days beyond the “service due at midnight” notification. Using the additional 7-day countdown means you have missed your appointment and may result in additional fees being charged to your account. Remember Service Due means service is approaching, and Lock Due means lockout is approaching. To perform service, you will need to return to your installation center. YOU WILL NEED AN APPOINTMENT IN ORDER TO PERFORM THIS SERVICE. The STATE OF TEXAS 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, and your license/privilege may be suspended. Additionally, if service is not performed within the allotted time, on the 8th day 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 Handheld’s keypad to allow a limited period to return for service, but you must contact ADS and provide the displayed number and evidence of your appointment to receive a temporary code. A charge will apply.
If you fail a start test due to the presence of alcohol, then the device will enter a temporary time out. When this occurs you should immediately determine the reason, correct it, and retest. Multiple failures may result in a temporary lockout of the device. A person tampering with, circumventing, or otherwise misusing this Ignition Interlock System may be subject to criminal or civil penalties. Tampering and circumvention include any attempt to circumvent normal operation of the device. If any tampering, circumvention, missed retest, or positive alcohol is detected by the unit, the service interval may go into an early return for service, and be set to lock due 3 Days. If this occurs the unit will be locked out unless returned for service within this time period. 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 state may send a request for explanation letter on these types of events, so you must answer these requests when you receive them.WARNING! ANY INDIVIDUAL TAMPERING, CIRCUMVENTING, OR MISUSING THIS DEVICE MAY BE SUBJECT TO PROSECUTION AND/OR CIVIL LIABILITY.
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 occurrence of a positive alcohol sample must be explained to the proper authorities. The early return for service will also cost the user in inconvenience and fees. To prevent any of these issues, avoid eating and smoking while using the Determinator. Wait at least 15 minutes before providing a sample if any of the products listed above are ingested. If you do provide a sample and receive a positive reading, the device will go into a time out. Wait out the time out, rinse your mouth out with water and try again. The state will look at the entire sequence rather than the one event. The state may send a request for explanation letter on these types of events, so you must answer these requests when you receive them. Having successful retests after a failed test is highly recommended, so do not leave your vehicle, until you pass a test. Always consider your exposure to alcohol however minimal you believe it is and correct if necessary.
The service center is responsible for vehicle installation, monthly service, early return 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 theDeterminator.
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 persists, 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 r has several voice prompts that are spoken to alert the user to provide a sample or indicate the unit status.