(SALINA, Kan.) — Starting your car is no longer a three step process for first time DUI offenders in the state of Kansas.
"Our interlock device takes about two seconds to analyze a test, once it has it will say pass and you will be able to start your vehicle," said Josh Schmeidler.
This handheld gadget is known as an “interlock device”. It determines your blood alcohol level. Point zero five (.05) and above and your engine will not run.
"We have had a number of calls trying to get information," says Linda Smith, an office manager with Smart-Start. The company is responsible for installing the interlock device and teaching offenders how to use it.
They say you might be seeing the device in more cars around Kansas starting in July. First time DUI offenders will have one placed in their car for a minimum of six months thanks to a new Kansas law.
"We just feel really feel good about all of our certified shops in this state to service people no matter where they are," says Smith.
The company says it does not know what to expect as far as sales are concerned. However, it’s certain roads will be much safer from here on out.
"They are not the most fun thing to deal with but that's part of the restriction that’s why they are made the way they are so they don't do this again," says Smith.