How Much Does a Blow Box Cost in Alberta? [Ignition Interlock Program]

Brian McGlashan is an Edmonton Impaired Driving Lawyer providing advice for impaired driving charges in Edmonton. We do not offer Ignition Interlock or “blowbox” devices. 

Have you been charged with Impaired Driving in Alberta or do you know someone who has?

Both Impaired Driving charges and convictions can result in very serious consequences. If you’ve been charged contact our team at McGlashan & Company to get the information you need or visit our Impaired Driving page.

What is the Ignition Interlock Program?

While there is no hard and fast rule for all cases, charges or convictions when it comes to Impaired Driving in Alberta, the Ignition Interlock Program provides a chance for some individuals convicted of Impaired Driving to take to the road once their mandatory 90 day driving suspension has been served. 

This program requires the installation of a small electronic device into the individuals’ vehicle which will test for the presence of alcohol before the vehicle will start.

How much does it cost to install a breathalyzer in my car?

The cost of having an Ignition Interlock device – also known as a ‘breathalyzer’ or ‘blow box’ – installed in your car is $150. However, in addition to the cost of the installation, you will also incur some additional charges, as outlined below. 

What is the cost of the Ignition Interlock Program?

The costs associated with the Ignition Interlock Program include, but are not limited to:

  • $63 to apply for the Ignition Interlock Program
  • $150 to have the Ignition Interlock device installed
  • $1,260 to rent the Ignition Interlock device for 12 months
  • $50 to have the Ignition Interlock device removed 

In addition to these costs, you may also be required to:

  • Complete one of the educational courses as part of Alberta Impaired Drivers Program (AIDP), such as Crossroads, Planning Ahead or Impact
  • Take a knowledge test or road test to have your driver’s license reinstated
  • Be subject to increased insurance premiums

Where can I get an Ignition Interlock Device?

Smart Start Canada provides and installs Ignition Interlock devices in Alberta.

If you have been mandated to have an Ignition Interlock device installed, the Frequently Asked Questions section on Smart Start Canada’s website will provide all the information you need on Ignition Interlock devices.

More Information

For more on the Ignition Interlock Program Alberta, the Government of Alberta’s Ministry of Transportation provides an extensive overview, available here.

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