Device Prevents People from Driving While Intoxicated

By Sarana Schell, Anchorage Daily News

Smart Start is one of several companies that makes and markets an ignition lock (or breath lock). For a successful test on the Smart Start model, drivers must blow into the device for a count of seven. For the last four counts, drivers must hum. The voice-recognition feature keeps people from using a hair dryer, stiff wind or friend as a substitute test-taker. Once the test is passed and the vehicle is fired up, the device will ask for retests on a random time cycle. Alaska has even introduced legislation for the ignition interlock devices last year.

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