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Posted on November 29th, 2016 / By Carly Flaws

Ignition interlock device technology is constantly evolving to make interlocks even more effective. As it stands, ignition interlock devices are the only mechanism in place that prevents somebody from starting their vehicle while intoxicated. To make interlocks even more effective, many states utilize advanced technology ignition interlock devices. Currently, about half of all states either require or recommend advanced technology features that might include a camera, GPS tracking and real-time reporting.

Advanced-Technology-IntoxalockBy installing a camera unit with the device, there’s verification that the person providing the breath sample is the driver of the vehicle. In Washington, an ignition interlock device with an installed camera actually caught the man who stole a vehicle, according to a news source.

The thief was caught after a stolen vehicle was recovered in Renton, WA. The owner of the stolen vehicle was required to install an ignition interlock device and when police found the vehicle, it was discovered that the ignition interlock device captured photos of the suspect blowing breath samples into the device to start the vehicle. The suspect was instantly identified and has a long list of previous car thefts.

For the most effective ignition interlock program, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) recommends that all states require advanced technology devices that will allow for compliance-based removal. Advanced technology gives additional insight into the activity logged with the device. With real-time reporting, monitoring authorities are able to instantly review the logs of their clients. By requiring a period of compliance as a condition that must be met before the device is removed, the probability of the interlock user re-offending will decrease.

All Intoxalock representatives are trained to help you fulfill your ignition interlock requirements with the best device for your situation. Intoxalock devices are certified to meet even the most rigorous requirements in almost all states. Call us today at (855) 531-5244 to review your state’s requirements and to regain driving privileges with an ignition interlock device.

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3 things to expect after a drunk driving conviction

Posted on November 15th, 2016 / By Carly Flaws

Following a drunk driving conviction, or DUI, it’s probably assumed that there will be some type of fine or fee and that you may temporarily lose driving privileges. Beyond that, the repercussions may be unknown. In reality, a drunk driving conviction usually brings with it a list of expenses and additional requirements and provisions.Ignition interlock devices can help with alcoholism

Increased auto insurance rates
In most cases, you will be required to obtain an SR-22 policy following a drunk driving conviction. This is a certificate that proves that you carry liability insurance. While the cost of the actual SR-22 certificate is minimal, it will most likely raise your insurance rates overall. An SR-22 is a red flag to most insurance companies and will likely classify you as a high-risk driver. In addition, not all insurance companies will continue to insure you after a DUI so your options may be limited.

Ignition interlock device
All states have laws supporting or requiring the use of an ignition interlock device following a drunk driving conviction. Over half of states require an ignition interlock device for all first-time DUI offenses. Most other states require them for second and consecutive offenses and for extreme first offenses. Costs associated with the ignition interlock device could include a monthly lease fee, installation and de-installation costs and monthly maintenance fees. In addition, you may be charged if your device goes into a lockout status due to not servicing it in time or from providing too many failed breath samples.

Legal fees
In most states, impaired driving is a criminal offense that will probably require you to go to court. While it is possible to do it alone, you will probably want to hire an attorney that specializes in DUI to help you through the process. The DUI process can be complicated and a skilled attorney will help to make sure you complete all requirements needed to regain your full license as quick as possible. In addition, an attorney can help identify if there are any alternate measures that may be an option, such as a prolonged period with an ignition interlock device in exchange for license suspension.
The process to regain your license after a drunk driving incident can be complicated and expensive. Unfortunately, most people are unaware of all the possible repercussions that could follow when they make the decision to drink and drive. By bringing awareness to the hidden dangers, seemingly never-ending fees and complicated steps required following a DUI, hopefully more people will choose to separate drinking from driving. The cost of a taxi or an Uber ride is minuscule when looking at what a DUI could cost.

If you are a DUI attorney, a monitoring authority or a judge and would like to stay connected with Intoxalock, please contact us at Partners@Intoxalock.com to be added to our affiliate communications.

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Intoxalock ignition interlock devices exclusive provider of battery-saving Sleep Mode

Posted on October 31st, 2016 / By IntoxBlog

It’s that time of year again, with temperatures cooling down it’s important to start thinking about winter vehicle maintenance and preparation. At Intoxalock, we provide an exclusive sleep mode feature that allows you to save battery life, even during the winter. While an ignition interlock device is not something users normally consider when thinking about protecting their vehicle, Intoxalock continues to put the customer first in their device technology.

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Like all car accessories, ignition interlock devices are powered from your car’s battery. Things like multiple car accessories, car make and model and cold temperatures can cause added dependence on your car battery.

It is important for all drivers to check-up on their battery life and overall vehicle maintenance regularly, especially in harsher winter conditions. To conserve battery life, our Intoxalock ignition interlock devices can be set to Sleep Mode which turns off the internal heaters in your device. This special feature is one that puts Intoxalock above other breathalyzer devices when it comes to caring for and about customers’ personal vehicles.

Read more on how to activate Sleep Mode on your Intoxalock ignition interlock device.

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California Governor Brown praised for signing ignition interlock bill

Posted on September 29th, 2016 / By IntoxBlog

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Announced yesterday, California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. signed into existing law legislation (SB 1046), a change that extends current legislation around the use of ignition interlock devices like Intoxalock to prevent drunk driving. Senate Bill 1046 is the result of a four-year effort by the Governor and Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, to expand a statewide IID policy in place in California.

Under current law, DUI offenders get their license suspended as a mandatory suspension before they can apply for a restricted license. The new law extends the current IID pilot program in Alameda, Los Angeles, Sacramento and Tulare counties for two more years, and then enhances and expands the program statewide beginning January 1, 2019. The changes brought by SB 1046 will allow full driving privileges with the use of an IID. The penalty starts at 6 months of IID use for first time offenders, one year for the second and two plus years for subsequent offenses.

Read more about California’s DUI laws

An ignition interlock device or IID is a breathalyzer that is installed in vehicles to prevent drinking and driving. It is made up of a mouthpiece, a handheld unit and a cord that attaches to the vehicle’s ignition system. Users are required to blow into the mouthpiece to test their Breath Alcohol Concentration (BrAC) before starting their car. If their BrAC is above your state’s limit, the vehicle will not start until the user submits a breath sample that no longer detects alcohol.

Read more about IIDs and how they work

The Coalition of Ignition Interlock Manufacturers (CIIM) advocated for approving the bill on behalf of public safety and DUI offenders in order to stop drunk driving. In fact, a California Department of Motor Vehicles report issued in June 2016 found that IIDs are 70 percent more effective than license suspension in preventing repeat DUI offenses.
“This new law is a positive step forward to help slow the revolving door of unlicensed, uninsured drunk drivers who continue driving at the public’s peril,” said David Kelly, Executive Director of CIIM.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) issued a report this year that found that IID providers like Intoxalock have prevented more than 1 million drinking-and-driving attempts since 2010 in the four counties participating in California’s current pilot program.

California residents and advocates alike are pleased with the legislative decision as a positive step forward toward keeping the roads safer.

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Intoxalock ranked as one of Iowa’s best places to work

Posted on September 23rd, 2016 / By IntoxBlog

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Consumer Safety Technology (Intoxalock) has been named as one of the “Top Workplaces” in Iowa, in the midsized company category by the Des Moines Register. This year, Intoxalock joined top companies like GEICO, QuikTrip and more as the Top Midsized Companies in Iowa.

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The dedicated teams at Intoxalock continue to be an advocate for those suffering from alcoholism and public safety. Intoxalock ignition interlocks keep drunk drivers off the road and help people get their lives back in order. In 2015 alone, ignition interlock devices prevented 3.77 million intoxicated drivers from starting their vehicles while intoxicated.

According to the Register, a great workplace provides an environment where employees feel they are doing work that makes a difference, which contributes to a clearly articulated vision of where the company is going, and how it plans to get there.

See the full list of 2016 Top Workplaces

The annual Top Workplaces program was set-up to recognize companies that have a great workplace and to encourage all organizations to improve the quality of their workplace. They aim to do so by measuring the ingredients that employees say make good workplaces, and then objectively calculating which are the best of the best, based on feedback from employee surveys and level of employee participation. 2016 was the first year Intoxalock participated in the Top Workplaces process.

Intoxalock continues to innovate to better serve clients. As a company, Intoxalock attracts industry experts across Product Development, IT, Digital, Marketing and Customer Service.

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Massachusetts stands alone – Life saving ignition interlock bill not released for vote

Posted on August 8th, 2016 / By IntoxBlog

BOSTON, MA — 2016 was thought to be a promising year for moving the Bay State up into a position of equivalency with its neighbors by enacting legislation requiring ignition interlocks for first offenders.

Drivers would have been required to blow into the breathalyzer device before their car will start. Legislators, advocates and citizens hoped this would prevent repeat drunk driving offenses. Prior to this legislation, Massachusetts drivers had to use an ignition interlock after 2 drunk driving offenses.

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After the House refused to act on the legislation, the Senate refused to take no for an answer and “zombied” the bill into a Senate Bill and quickly passed it. Unfortunately, the second go around in the House was not any better. Transportation Committee Chair William Strauss would not release the bill for a vote, despite overwhelming evidence that these devices save lives. Not even a mile-long “who’s who” list of traffic safety organizations filing in support swayed the Chairman.

Twenty-seven states across the U.S. now require interlocks for all offenders, particularly every state along the Eastern Seaboard. Except for one. Massachusetts stands alone.

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Intoxalock is exclusive interlock provider for AZDUIProcess.com

Posted on July 15th, 2016 / By Carly Flaws

This month, AZDUIProcess.com launched with Intoxalock as the exclusive ignition interlock device vendor. AZDUIProcess.com is a free website that walks Arizona drunk driving offenders step-by-step through the complicated DUI process.

AZDUIProcess.com Logo - IntoxalockThe site features industry-leading providers at every step of the process. In total, the partners of AZDUIProcess.com have over 75 years of experience in helping people regain their license after a DUI.

“I have been working with DUI clients for years and find so many clients struggle with not understanding the many steps and processes that come with a DUI,” said April Schaffroth, Insurance Agency Owner of DUI Insurance Experts and AZDUIProcess.com founder.  “I am so excited to partner with 3 other top notch companies to help clients navigate through the steps to get their life back in order.”

The website not only walks visitors through the DUI process. It also provides over $100 in discounts through the preferred vendors that are listed on the site. To learn more about regaining your license after a DUI in Arizona, visit AZDUIProcess.com today and watch the short video available on the home page. Read the full press release.

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Why choose Intoxalock?

Posted on July 12th, 2016 / By Intoxalock Contributor

Many individuals who need an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicle look to interlock providers and think, why should I choose this one? The expensive, complex and stressful process of being charged with a DUI creates a desire for an interlock provider that is affordable, convenient, easy-to-use and quick.

Here is why Intoxalock is the provider to choose:

Affordability

Costs as low as $2.50 a day give customers a chance to be more financially free from the pricey DUI process. Intoxalock also offers multiple money saving promotions like free installations, first month free and other discounted pricing. The Intoxalock representatives that these individuals speak with are trained to help find the best possible price available.

Convenience

Intoxalock has over 1,800 locations throughout the United States (and growing), which allows customers to stay local, save time and expedite the installation process. Intoxalock also has the ability to conduct mobile installations (depending on state regulations), where the installer will go to the customer, rather than the customer traveling to the service center. Flexible installation scheduling, appointment reminders and multiple payment options are more convenience factors that Intoxalock offers. By using “My Account” online account management, the customer can manage all of these elements by having the ability to request calibration schedules, track shipments, make payments and conduct multiple other actions as well. However, if there are any other concerns, Intoxalock’s customer care is open 24/7 to answer any questions.

Accurate and Easy to Use

Unlike many other ignition interlock providers, Intoxalock has never been de-certified from a state for any reason. Since 1992, Intoxalock has provided accurate readings and delivers the most efficient process for getting DUI offenders safely back on the road. The ignition interlock device is simple and easy-to-use. One button activates the device and guides you through the process with an easy-to-read LED display, easy blow patterns and a fast warm-up time. The devices can also be programmed in English or Spanish based on the customer’s preference.

Intoxalock wants to help every customer succeed. With over 90,000 customers a year, our convenient locations, proven accuracy and top-rated customer service, Intoxalock has resulted in 24 years of industry leading assistance helping DUI offenders get back on their feet. Call us today at (855) 531-5244 to talk with a state specialist and learn how you can regain driving privileges with the help of Intoxalock.

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Should California’s pilot program go state-wide?

Posted on June 30th, 2016 / By Carly Flaws

The California ignition interlock device pilot program, introduced in 2010, requires all convicted DUI offenders in Alameda, Los Angeles, Sacramento and Tulare counties to install an ignition interlock device.

This program aims to eliminate drunk driving deaths and cut down drunk driving accidents by requiring offenders to breathe into an ignition interlock device before starting their vehicle. The national president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Colleen Sheehey-Church supports the program. “You can look at it like a probation officer sitting in the seat,” Sheehey-Church said.

California ignition interlock devices - IntoxalockIn the six-year trial, 1.1 million drivers have been prevented from starting their vehicles because the devices detected alcohol, according to fresnobee.com. In over 140,000 of those situations, the driver’s breath alcohol concentration (BrAC) was .08 or higher. To put it simply, this program has potentially saved many lives already. The program has only been around for a few years but the statistics prove that it has helped tremendously in those counties.

In 2010, Tulare County reported 34 alcohol-related traffic deaths and in 2015, they only reported four. In total, DUI deaths dropped from 150 in 2010 to 108 in 2015 in all four counties combined. This program’s success is not unique. The program has proven to work in other states as well. New Mexico, Arizona, and Oregon have all seen a 35 to 47% reduction in drunk driving deaths.

Currently, in California, there are about 35,000 ignition interlock devices and 70% of those are in the four trial counties. While more offenders are required to get an ignition interlock, installation rates are low, ranging from 30% to 45% in the four counties. Officials are working to improve installation rates by giving incentives if installed immediately after arrest.

Incentives include no suspended license and a reduction in the total costs associated with a DUI and an ignition interlock device. Californians are fed up with drunk driving and it is time this program extends statewide. Sheehey-Church stated, “The ignition interlock device is virtually the only thing we have right now that can separate drinking from driving.” Read more here.

To learn more about how an ignition interlock device can help you regain your license after a drunk driving conviction, call us today at (855) 531-5244 to speak to a California state specialist.

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5 alarming facts about drunk driving

Posted on June 15th, 2016 / By Carly Flaws

It doesn’t take endless hours of research to convince anybody that drunk driving is unsafe and an overall bad idea. We know of the dangers associated and we’ve all heard of tragic outcomes following a drunk driving incident. Why, though, is that not enough to keep people off the roads after consuming alcohol? Taking a deeper look into just how dangerous drunk driving is, we are able to expose some of the realities that might not be as well known.ignition interlock device

  1. A drunk driver will drive 80 times under the influence, on average, before their first arrest. Drunk driving is an epidemic. That first arrest isn’t just a “wrong place at the wrong time” scenario. When looking at the average, that first arrest is symbolic of the 80+ times that individual has placed themselves and others in danger by driving while intoxicated. (dosomething.org)
  2. In the US, somebody is killed in an alcohol-related crash every 51 minutes. When you do the math, this equals 27 people each day. As if this number isn’t shocking enough, add on the fact that somebody is injured every 120 seconds in a drunk driving incident.
  3. Between 50 and 75 percent of people continue driving illegally after they’ve had their license revoked due to drunk driving. This reinforces the need for ignition interlock devices to be installed in a vehicle after even the first offense.
  4. Traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for teens. A shocking third of those deaths involve alcohol or another substance. In addition, teens that got involved with alcohol at a young age are seven times more likely to become involved in a crash involving alcohol.
  5. When looking at fatal crashes from 2014, drunk drivers between the ages of 21 to 34 represented almost 60% of the fatalities. (madd.org)

The statistics are alarming, but still, people choose to drink and drive. Ignition interlock devices are the only way to ensure somebody is unable to start their vehicle after they’ve consumed alcohol. To learn more about preventing drunk driving with the use of an ignition interlock device, call us today at (855) 531-5244.

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