Massachusetts Stands Alone – Life Saving Ignition Interlock Bill Not Released for Vote
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.
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.
Intoxalock is Exclusive Interlock Provider for AZDUIProcess.com
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.
The 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.
- Alcohol Screening (CHC)
- Traffic School (One Stop Traffic School)
- SR-22 Insurance (DUI Insurance Experts)
- Ignition Interlock Devices (Intoxalock)
“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.
Why choose Intoxalock?
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:
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.
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.
Should California’s pilot program go state-wide?
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.
In 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.
5 alarming facts about drunk driving
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.
- 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)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Intoxalock is now a certified interlock provider in Florida
Intoxalock announced this week that they are now certified to install ignition interlock devices in the state of Florida. Florida is the 41st state that Intoxalock is state-certified in. Read the full press release.
With over 50 certified installation locations in the State of Florida, Intoxalock is working diligently to provide the best ignition interlock experience to customers in that state. Locations are available in each of Florida’s 20 districts and in prominent cities including Jacksonville, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Tallahassee, Tampa and Orlando. In total, Intoxalock has over 1,800 authorized installation locations nationwide.
“Our approach to Service Center location remains customer focused with an effort to have quality locations within a reasonable distance of all Florida drivers,” Kerry Keller, Vice President of Compliance and Field Operations said.
Florida requires all ignition interlock devices installed the state to have a camera unit installed as well to verify the identity of the person submitted breath samples into the device. eLERT®, Intoxalock’s camera unit, comes equipped with additional advanced technology features such as GPS verification and real-time reporting. This helps to guarantee accuracy and visibility for both users and the monitoring authorities overseeing the ignition interlock device program.
Florida ignition interlock requirements
Currently, multiple offense drunk driving offenders are required to install an ignition interlock device in any vehicle they own or drive for a period of time. First-time offenders may be required to install an ignition interlock device if the court orders it. Read more about Florida’s ignition interlock device and drunk driving laws.
To schedule an ignition interlock device installation at one of our convenient locations in Florida, call us today at (855) 531-5244. We have state-specialists on staff to help guide you through the ignition interlock process.
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Intoxalock adds level of detail with dedicated state specialists
With over 20 years of experience, Intoxalock leads the ignition interlock industry when it comes to state-specific knowledge. With laws constantly evolving and changing, it’s important to have the correct resources in place to work at the state level in ensuring continued compliance with ignition interlock standards.
Intoxalock has a unique team of dedicated Compliance specialists for each state and remains up-to-date with state laws and regulations. The Compliance team allows Intoxalock the flexibility and knowledge to react immediately when changes are needed in order to remain compliant with the state. Because of this additional level of detail, Intoxalock has never been decertified from any state like many other ignition interlock providers have been.
In addition, our state-specialists work directly with the Sales and Customer Service Representatives to help answer questions customers might have about the process and laws within their state. This helps to ensure that customers get the correct information the first time around and helps keep the DUI and ignition interlock processes as simple as possible.
Furthermore, Intoxalock’s team of state specialists work with their individual states to analyze reports and device activities on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. This ensures that there are multiple eyes overseeing the activity on each unit and allows Intoxalock to quickly raise alerts when abnormal activity occurs. Intoxalock’s compliance team can work with monitoring authorities to verify that a customer has a clean account record and is ready for removal of the device.
The additional level of detailed provided by Intoxalock’s Compliance team is just one thing that sets Intoxalock apart from other ignition interlock providers. Read more about why to choose Intoxalock. To install an Intoxalock device or to learn more about the ignition interlock process in your state, please call us today at (855) 531-5244.
“Reflections from Inside” – Chilling PSA grabs attention of bar patrons
What if your decision to drink and drive was staring right back at you in the mirror? This is the question that inspired a powerful public service announcement (PSA) that has debuted in one Los Angeles bar.
The PSA, titled “Reflections from Inside,” features Kris Caudilla, a 32-year old inmate. When male patrons of the bar enter the restroom, Caudilla appears in the mirror with a chilling message urging them to not take their chances at drinking and driving.
Caudilla reveals in his message that he is currently serving a 15 year sentence for DUI manslaughter after driving drunk and killing 22-year old Florida Deputy James Anderson Jr, a father of four. “I made the choice to drink. I made the choice to get in the car. You don’t have to make that choice,” Caudilla says in his message.
“Reflections from Inside” was created on behalf of We Save Lives, a nonprofit organization led by Candace Lightner, founder of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Their mission is to save lives by preventing crashes and crimes from what they call the 3 Ds: Dunk, Drugged and Distracted driving.
The initial goal for the “Reflections from Inside” PSA was to spread virally to reach 1 million views. That was quickly exceeded and according to a spokesperson for We Save Lives, it has been viewed more than 75 million times in over 25 countries.
“Every view and social share our PSA receives has the potential to save lives,” says Candace Lightner, founder of We Save Lives. “This video is that real and powerful. The support we’ve received from thousands of caring people worldwide, whether they’ve been impacted by drunk, drugged or distracting driving or not, has been overwhelming. And now, with the upcoming major network attention, we have set a new goal: we want 500 million drivers to see this video.” (wesavelives.org)
Call us today at (855) 531-5244 to find out how an ignition interlock device from Intoxalock can keep you and your loved ones safe on the road.
5 tips for a safe Cinco de Mayo
May 5th, or Cinco de Mayo, is a celebration of Mexican heritage and culture that is widely recognized throughout the United States. It has become an exciting celebration for many adults but is often linked to an increase in alcohol consumption (especially margaritas) and a higher probability of drunk driving. There are many steps that can be taken to ensure a safe Cinco de Mayo. Like any celebration, it just takes a little bit of planning before the festivities begin.
- Designate a sober driver before your celebration begins. Without pre-planning, you are more likely to get into a sticky situation later in the night with no sober driver available.
- Use ridesharing services such as Uber. Uber often promotes free or discounted rides and other specials during peak drinking holidays. In Austin, TX, if you take an Uber to a specific restaurant, you can enjoy $1 margaritas. Another promotion offers free chips and queso at any Illegal Pete’s location after an Uber is requested between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- Enjoy drinks slowly and alternate with glasses of water. If you need to drive, stop drinking completely a few hours before you plan on driving. Make sure you eat plenty of food to help absorb the alcohol faster. If you are hosting a house party, cut off all access to alcohol at least 90 minutes before people leave. Remember, buzzed driving is drunk driving.
- Be mindful of other drivers. Unfortunately, not everybody practices sober driving. Take extra caution on your commute home and if you are walking, stay extra alert to drivers around you.
- Friends don’t let friends drive drunk. If you are with somebody that is trying to drive impaired, take their keys away and call them a taxi. No matter what their response is, you are doing them a huge favor and could be saving lives.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), around 38 percent of traffic fatalities that have occured each year on or around May 5 are alcohol related. With awareness and a plan, we can work together to bring that number down. Cinco de Mayo is a day to enjoy great food, friends, and even margaritas. If done right, it can be a safe, enjoyable holiday.
If you or somebody you know would like more information on how an ignition interlock device from Intoxalock can help guarantee sober driving, please call us today at (855) 531-5244.
Can other people drive my vehicle if I have an ignition interlock device?
Intoxalock’s mission is to promote sober driving, no matter who is behind the wheel. One of the questions you might have when you install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle is whether or not anybody else will be allowed to drive your car for the duration of the time the interlock is installed. Some people who are required to install interlock devices share vehicles with spouses or teenage children and wonder if they will need to make alternate driving arrangements for those individuals.
Fortunately, any sober, responsible driver may operate a vehicle with an Intoxalock ignition interlock device installed. However, even if the additional driver has a clean driving record with no drunk driving convictions, he or she will still be required to submit breath samples before starting the car and at random points throughout the drive as required by each state’s regulations.
There is no way to disable the device for certain drivers, therefore, it’s important to make sure anybody operating your vehicle is properly trained on how to operate the ignition interlock device to avoid errors and improper usage.
If you have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle, it is advisable to be extremely careful with who you choose to hand your keys over to. We recommend that Intoxalock users diligently keep track of who has driven their car when, as the Intoxalock customer will be held responsible for all the information on the data log, regardless of who was driving.
At Intoxalock, we are committed to helping you get your life back on track after a drunk driving conviction. Ignition interlock devices allow you to regain driving privileges even after a DUI. For more questions about installing or using an ignition interlock device from Intoxalock, please contact us at (855) 531-5244 or contact us online now.