52 27TH ANNUAL CRIME PREVENTION GUIDE What is the ignition interlock Program? The Prince Edward Island Ignition Interlock Program was initiated in September, 2006. The program is available to offenders and is designed to encourage these individuals to get help quickly and address any alcoholrelated problems. This is now a mandatory requirement for reinstatement of your driver's license for all convictions of impaired driving. IF A CHILD UNDER 16 IS PRESENT AT TIME OF OFFENCE: An additional period of up to 12 months will be required. How Does an Ignition Interlock Device Work? Before starting the vehicle, the driver must blow into the device. If the recorded blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is above the preset limit, the vehicle will not start. Once the vehicle is started, the interlock device requires random breath samples at pre-set times. If a breath sample is not provided or if the BAC exceeds the limit, the device will issue a warning, record the event, and activate specific alarm systems (i.e., alarm activated, horn honking, etc.) until the ignition is turned off. How Can I apply for Installation of the Device? You may complete and submit the application form included with this brochure. How Does the ProgramWork? Eligible drivers will have interlock devices installed in their vehicles. The driver will be issued a restricted driver's license which only allows the individual to operate vehicles equipped with an ignition interlock device. The device prevents the driver from starting the vehicle if the device detects alcohol above the pre- set level in the driver's breath samples. The driver must return to the installation facility to have the device calibrated and serviced at least every 60 days. Failure to service the system by the required date could result in the device locking itself. The vehicle will not start and will have to be towed or arrangements made with the interlock provider to allow additional days to bring the vehicle in for servicing of the device. All program activity will be recorded and monitored by the Highway Safety Division by way of a built-in data logger. Warnings will be issued to participants who repeatedly fail the breath tests, and the Highway Safety Division may order the removal of the ignition interlock device and reinstate the cancellation period if violations continue. IGNITION INTERLOCK PROGRAM MANDATORY