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  • in reply to: interlock required #176597326
    tommy1
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    This would be a good question to ask on avvo.com, the answers will come from attorneys is your state who are obviously much more qualified to provide you with an accurate answer.

    in reply to: interlock required #176597327
    tommy1
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    It depends on your state and county. I got pulled over driving a vehicle without one, and was issued a warning ticket for speeding. However, if you are issued a ticket and convicted it will be on record and if the DA researches your driving record at anytime they will be able to see that you were driving a vehicle without one and can revoke your bond.

    If you are pulled over and issued a ticket, I would recommend taking defensive driving to have it dismissed ASAP.

    in reply to: SmartStart IID 'ABORT:BYPASS' #176596994
    tommy1
    Participant

    I have the 20/20 as well, and got an abort bypass….thought it was a violation, called Smartstart and it was no violation, just another abort. I did have an instance the other day where I got an abort while driving and it went into the wait mode for two or three minuites,which it had never done before, and I only had a minuite and a half to blow when prompted…so I guess if it would have stayed in wait mode for another minute I guess I would have gotten a violation…sounds like what happened to you…this was the first near problem I’ve had with mine since I got it a year ago. Sucks, definitely equipment malfunction, don’t hear of them too often but I guess they do happen…sucks, but good thing you blew and passed…that should count for something, hopefully you have a camera, that might help too. Good Luck!!!

    in reply to: 85 mph Toll Road #176596890
    tommy1
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    I drove on the 85 mph express tollway a week ago, actually it was quite nice. From what I understand, this is the only toll road in Texas with this speed limit. There are other places in Texas where the speed limit is 80 mph like the stretch of I-10 running through west Texas to El Paso. B)

    tommy1
    Participant

    Although I hate the device, I recommend Smart Start. I have had one since November of 2011 and had no issues with it at all. I eat, smoke, chew gum, breath mints, pump gas, and all the other things a lot of people complain about getting false positives.

    Obviously, DON’T put anything in your mouth that contains alcohol like mouth wash and you’ll be just fine. I’ve had one violation, but it was because I drank the night before and still had alcohol in my system. I don’t drink much but if I do drink, I do not blow into the device the next day.

    Research the horror storys about Monotech or whatever it’s called on here and I think you’ll get a clear picture as to why you should go with Smart Start, plus they don’t splice the wires in your vehicle. Also, when you go to get it callibrated all they do is disconnect it, plug it into their system, and you’re done. Takes about 5 – 10 mins.

    Good luck!!!

    in reply to: Car Interlock Houston , Texas #176596630
    tommy1
    Participant

    mcpuntblock Wrote:


    > I think IID porn is pretty common, actually! My
    > device uses the blow, then suck back method. In
    > the first week or two when I was getting used to
    > it, I had lots of “blow harder” or “blow softer”
    > messages. But my favorite was the most common
    > error I had, when it would tell me to “suck
    > longer”. That is the only redeeming thing about
    > the device, the comedy it provided with it’s
    > dirty, dirty talk.

    Now that’s funny…LMAO

    in reply to: Car Interlock Houston , Texas #176596624
    tommy1
    Participant

    tommy1 Wrote:


    > on the hum part…two things it looks for 1. a
    > steady blow…dont start blowing too hard, then
    > lower the amount towards the end. keep it
    > steady, doesn’t have to be a strong blow, just
    > medimum and steady with some type of noise will
    > work. I mess with mine and do all sorts of blows
    > to see what will work and wont, but it seems to
    > like me because usually i get a pass, some aborts
    > for no reason, but their no big deal.

    WOW…I re-read that post, and sounds like some kind of IID porn…sorry, not what what was intended!!!LOL

    in reply to: Car Interlock Houston , Texas #176596622
    tommy1
    Participant

    on the hum part…two things it looks for 1. a steady blow…dont start blowing too hard, then lower the amount towards the end. keep it steady, doesn’t have to be a strong blow, just medimum and steady with some type of noise will work. I mess with mine and do all sorts of blows to see what will work and wont, but it seems to like me because usually i get a pass, some aborts for no reason, but their no big deal.

    in reply to: Car Interlock Houston , Texas #176596616
    tommy1
    Participant

    Good morning, when blowing into the thing, try this…take a deep breath then blow and when it makes the beep signaling to hum try saying who…..ooooooooo in as high pitched tone as you can…the hum part shouldn’t be that difficult. If you’re really having that hard of a time with it I wouoldn’t try driving somewhere with the anticipation of getting there before it asks for a rolling test…sometimes it’ll ask for one in 1-2 mins after the initial test and sometimes it’ll take 15 mins. be careful as you don’t want unnecessary violations, but really it’s not that hard…again, try saying who while blowing and you should have no problems.

    As far as the calibration results, you will not get a copy of the results but after a calibration you can contact Smart start and a supervisor will go over any results you wish to discuss.

    The IID will NEVER shut your car off once it has been started, but you will rack up violations if you don’t figure out the hum part of the test. After 5 it goes into lockout where you’ll have to contact Smart Start for a code to start it to get it to their shop for calibration (I think that’s how that works, I haven’t even been close to that stage).

    I’ve got to get to work but I’ll check in later this afternoon.

    Best of luck

    in reply to: Car Interlock Houston , Texas #176596614
    tommy1
    Participant

    Hello Lola, I have the same device as you and have never experienced any fails due to eating, smoking, colgne, pumping gas, hand sanitizer, etc… I have read about some of the other devices here and feel confident that the device we have does exactly what it’s supposed to do, which is detect alcohol in your system. I have had one fail and it was accurate…I don’t drink very often anymore and if I do I do not drive my vehicle the following day. I’m awaiting trial and can’t stand the device but am happy to have it in comparison to the others frequently discussed on this forum.

    As far as the $10 that is required from DPS it’s because the court you were in has ordered you obtain a restricted license that will have some type of marking on the front of it so if you are pulled over it will alert the cop that you are to be driving a vehicle with the IID. The court handling my case did not order me to obtain a restricted license but I’m sure they look at my calibration report every other month when I take my car in to have it calibrated to make sure I’m driving it regularly.

    I’ve only had mine since November but I’ll be happy to help you out in anyway I can.

    Best of luck.

    in reply to: Monitech problems! #176596494
    tommy1
    Participant

    If possible I’d consult with an attorney who handles these types of hearings and gather the details that you just described above and subpoena the individuals involved with the “switch”.

    If you want some quick free legal advice, I’ve used http://www.aVvo.com , you will get good advice from attorneys in your area who are familiar with the law in your state and will point you in the right direction.

    Best of luck to you and your husband.

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