An alcolock is a small device installed in your car and linked to the starter of your vehicle. Before you can start, you must blow into the alcolock. The device measures the amount of alcohol in your breath. If the amount of alcohol in your breath equals or is higher than 0.09 mg/l EAA (Exhaled Alveolar Air), the engine won't start. This limit corresponds to 0.2 per mil. If the amount of alcohol is lower than 0.09 mg/l EAA, the engine will start. Each use of the alcolock is recorded on the memory of the device.
The alcolock aims at prompting a behavioural change as far as drinking and driving is concerned. You can contact the BRSI for a professional coaching programme in that matter (as described in the RD of November 20 2010 concerning the installation of the alcolock and the coaching programme). After reading the data recorded on the alcolock in a certified service centre, the BRSI examines it and we invite you to a personal meeting (if necessary) to discuss the results. Together, we'll talk about the possible irregularities and the potential offences you may have committed. Six months after the beginning of the programme, you will be given a course on your experiences with the use of the alcolock and to dissociate drinking alcohol from driving a vehicle, even after a future removal of the device. If the programme is successfully completed, you will have a final meeting. Together, we will take stock of the programme and assess how safely you will drive after the alcolock is removed from your vehicle.