Florida's Ignition Interlock Program

Florida's Ignition Interlock Background & History

Alcohol Countermeasure System’s Alcolock WR3Alcohol Countermeasure Systems Alcolock WR3 On June 27, 2003 the Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles scheduled a public meeting to evaluate final proposals by ignition interlock vendors.  The records of the Department reflect that formal bid solicitations were received from six different vendors. (reference bid #023-03 Ignition Interlock Device Program)    Click the following link to review  Alcohol Countermeasure Systems bid transmittal letter.
Click here to review Alcohol Countermeasure Systems ninety-seven page bid  which includes details concerning the history and qualifications of the company, their equipment, proposed installation, service, and monitoring standards.  

An "intent to award" contract was subsequently issued to Alcohol Countermeasure Systems Corp. (ACS). However, on 9/2/03 DHSMV drafted a letter to the Clerk's of Court explaining that the contract had been formally "protested" by a competing interlock provider who had lost in the earlier bidding process. As a result, the implementation of Florida's Ignition Interlock Program was delayed beyond the anticipated 9/1/03 start-up date. Subsequent mediation in September 2003 resulted in a second provider, Livesafer Interlock, Inc. to offer its device and services exclusively within certain designated Florida Counties. 

The ignition interlock models that were ultimately selected for  use in Florida were required to meet standards published in the Federal Register, Volume 57, No. 67, page 11772 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In this regard, ACS offers its model WR2 Interlock Device for participants in Florida's Ignition Interlock Program. It is interesting to note that in a previous DHSMV certificate dated May 24, 2000, the WR2 was found to fully comply with Rule 15A-9 of the Florida Administrative Code and Federal Regulatory Specifications. Thus, this same ACS device had previously been approved for use by Florida Judges back when ignition interlock installation was only a "discretionary" sentencing option. 

An administrative review process commenced in the case of Lifesafer Interlock, Inc  vs. DHSMV, Case No: 03-2726BID. On 9/17/03 successful mediation in this case resulted in an agreement whereby Alcohol Counter Measures, Inc. and Lifesafers Interlock, Inc. wouldboth provide interlock service within certain designated exclusive areas of the state. That agreement was subsequently approved by Ella Jane P. Davis, Administrative Law Judge and sets forth the following designated counties for each Ignition Interlock provider:

Interlock Providers

Lifesafer Interlock, Inc. to Service North Region:
Alachua, Baker, Bay, Bradford, Calhoun, Citrus, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Escambia, Flagler, Franklin, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Gulf, Hamilton, Hernando, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lake, Leon, Levy, Liberty, Madison, Marion, Nassau, Okaloosa, Putnam, Santa Rosa, St. Johns, Sumter, Suwannee, Taylor, Union, Volusia, Wakulla, Walton, Washington

Alcohol Countermeasure Systems, Inc. to Service South Region:   
Note: Alcohol Countermeasure Systems operates under the trade name of “Interlock Systems of North Florida.”  
Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Collier, Dade, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lee, Manatee, Martin, Monroe, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceloa, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Lucie 

 

State of Florida Interlock Providers Map by County

Selling it to the Governor


 

 

Governer Jeb Bush signing bill

 

Listen to the audio recording of Governor Bush and his Cabinet’s formal approval of the ignition interlock  device on 12/16/03.  The Governor reveals apparent surprise and concern  about the high fees motorists will be forced to pay for the leasing and maintenance of this machine.  However, a  DHSMV representative assures the Governor that his approval of the device will safeguard Florida’s much-needed Federal highway funds.

 

 

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Ignition Interlocks with Cameras

 

 

 

Ignition Interlocks of the Future



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