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Don’t Fumble: Tackle Drunk Driving Before the Clock Starts

Posted on February 2nd, 2018 / By IntoxBlog

A message from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

Kickoff on America’s favorite pastime is just about ready to start. For many football fans, when it’s time for Super Bowl LII, everyone’s a fan…and Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.

Highway safety and law enforcement officials are huddling up with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for a special Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk tackle drunk drivingreminder to urge football fans across the nation not to drop the ball on this issue.

Know the law

In all states, drivers are considered alcohol-impaired if they have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. Drunk driving can be deadly, and even small amounts of alcohol can impair judgment to make driving unsafe. In 2016, there were 10,497 fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes involving drunk drivers. Among the 10,497 alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities, 67 percent (7,052) were in crashes in which at least one driver had a BAC of .15, almost twice the legal limit.

What you can do

Be sure to have a game plan for the night so friends and family know who the designated driver is.

There are many other ways to ensure a safe ride home besides relying on a friend. The options include using public transportation, calling a taxi, or using a rideshare program.

In addition, NHTSA’s SaferRide Mobile App, available in the app store, is another resource to help fans who have been drinking find a sober ride home—by identifying their location and helping to call a taxi or a friend to pick them up.

Sober designated drivers should be sure to carry the ball and refrain from drinking alcohol. Be sure your designated driver tweets @NHTSAgov during Super Bowl LII to be featured on NHTSA’s National Wall of Fame.

This Super Bowl weekend, be a team player and help keep impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel. Don’t fumble! Designate your sober driver before the big game begins. And remember: Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.

For more Super Bowl weekend safety information, visit www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/SuperBowl.

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Intoxalock 2017: A Year in Review

Posted on December 28th, 2017 / By Eliza Hamilton-Poore

2017 was a year filled with successes and growth. With lives saved and roadways protected, Intoxalock looks back on the impact ignition interlock devices have.

New Laws

Numerous states added new ignition interlock laws this year. Others worked to strengthen the laws they already had. Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Nevada, Arizona are just a few of the states that worked to make their roads safer. These changes came about due to the overwhelming evidence that ignition interlocks keep intoxicated people off the road. Supported by MADD and their findings that 2.3 million drunk driving attempts have been stopped by IIDs in just 10 years.
2017

More than 2,500 locations

Ignition interlock devices are important in the fight against drunk driving. It is also important to make the installation and upkeep of them as convenient as possible. Intoxalock does this by providing more than 2,500 locations for customers to go to for their ignition interlock needs. Having the most locations nationwide out of any IID provider, Intoxalock makes sober driving a reality.

148,000 customers served

Due to our convenience and ease-of-use, we continue to be chosen by thousands of customers every year. We continuously look for ways to better serve and provide for our customers. We are constantly adding to our locations network, updating our technology, and training top-notch customer service providers to help guide our customers through their ignition interlock experience.

5 out of 5 stars on TRUSTPILOT

Because of our dedication to our customers, we receive high marks in customer service and care. By making the ignition interlock experience as easy as possible, we ensure that more drivers take full advantage of our product, making the roadways safer and drivers more responsible.

Looking forward to 2018

With 2017 coming to an end, Intoxalock continues to move full-force into the new year. More states are proposing legislation to prevent impaired driving. More Intoxalock installation locations are being built to make our services even more convenient. And more customers will experience the world-class service we offer.

We look forward to keeping more drivers safe and sober.

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Wisconsin lawmakers propose a first-time offender ignition interlock law for drunk drivers

Posted on December 15th, 2017 / By Eliza Hamilton-Poore

On Wednesday, December 13th, two Milwaukee lawmakers introduced legislation to make ignition interlock devices a requirement for all DUI offenders looking to regain their licenses. Currently in Wisconsin only repeat offenders or first-time offenders with a blood alcohol content of .15 or higher are required to have an ignition interlock (IID). With the new legislation, all drunk driving offenders would have to have an IID installed in their vehicle for at least a year.

By having a first offender requirement in place, advocates and supporters of the bill hope to see a decrease in repeat drunk driving offenses. Presently 40 percent first-time offenders in Wisconsin end up becoming repeat offenders.Wisconsin law

Other Wisconsin Ignition Interlock Legislation

This bill follows another recent ignition interlock bill that Gov. Scott Walker signed into law last week. That law focused on closing a loophole that allowed offenders to borrow family and friend’s cars that didn’t have an IID installed.

MADD and Intoxalock React

After the announcement of the proposed law was made on Wednesday, MADD and Intoxalock were present to talk about the importance of preventative legislation, and also how IIDs work. Intoxalock’s Representative Skylar Roder was there to demonstrate how to use an IID and to highlight the importance of responsible driving. Roder’s full demonstration can be found on MADD’s Facebook page here.

Looking for an ignition interlock provider?

Intoxalock offers competitive pricing and top-notch customer service and care. Our reliable technology will get you back on the road safely and quickly. Call or click to get your free quote today. Our agents are standing by to help walk you through your ignition interlock requirements and expectations.

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Consequences of Driving with a Suspended License

Posted on December 7th, 2017 / By Eliza Hamilton-Poore

Driving with a suspended license is a serious offense, but with three out of four drunk drivers still driving with one, what are the actual consequences? That question is more complicated to answer than you may think. Just as each state is responsible for creating their own DUI laws, they are also responsible for the enforcement of those laws. A person driving with a suspended license in Maryland can have very different consequences than a person driving with one in Arizona. This can get confusing when trying to find answers for just your state. suspended license

Suspended license consequences in your state

To help make thing a little clearer, we have found a handy graph that lays out each state and their laws for driving with a suspended license from ignitioninterlockinfo.com. You can receive a downloadable PDF of the graph in your email by clicking here and filling out your email address.
No matter what state you’re in, the consequences are serious. If you do have a suspended license and are considering driving, we hope that you take the time to research how to regain that license legally. Many states require an ignition interlock device to do this. You can check our website at Intoxalock.com for up-to-date information on your state’s laws for regaining your license.

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Policeman uses short film to highlight the impact of drunk driving

Posted on November 28th, 2017 / By Eliza Hamilton-Poore

When it comes to drunk driving, our law enforcement officials are the ones on the front lines. Police officers easily see how getting behind the wheel while under the influence can impact lives. impact of film

An officer’s solution

One officer in India has seen enough. Rakki Mahesh, aka C. Maheswaran, is an amateur filmmaker who has turned his lens towards the dangers of drunk driving. His most recent work focuses on the family of a man who crashed his car while drunk driving. By showing the man’s story instead of having it just turn into another statistic, Maheswaran highlights just how life-altering something like drunk driving can be.

The short film titled En Thangachikku Kalyanam is a 13-minute long look at the life of a man who crashed his car into a stationary semi while looking for his sister’s husband-to-be on the day of her wedding. The brother was made to drink by others around him before he got behind the wheel. The man suffered injuries and the film shows him going through surgeries; however, this wasn’t the only pain felt.

Changed lives

Because of the brother’s irresponsible drinking, the groom and his family decided to pull out of the wedding, citing the brother of the bride’s drinking problem as the reason. What started as a celebratory day quickly ended in broken bones and changed lives. His decision to get behind the wheel will continue to impact his and his family’s lives for years to come.

Other films

Maheswaran has several short films he’s created during his time as a police officer. All of his films center around issues that he’s seen while working. Currently, a shortened version of En Thangachikku Kalyanam is showing as a PSA in theaters in India. Hopefully, the first-hand look he provides will help inspire others to think twice before drinking and driving.

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5 facts about ignition interlock device random retests

Posted on November 22nd, 2017 / By Carly Flaws

Ignition interlock devices are the most effective way to prevent drunk drivers from starting their vehicles. As interlock technology has evolved, mechanisms such as camera units and random retests have been implemented to help make the devices as accurate, safe and tamper-proof as possible. Learn more about ignition interlock device retests.

  1. Your ignition interlock device will beep loudly when a retest is required. You have time to pull off to the side of the road if you do not feel comfortable taking the test while driving. Intoxalock allows the driver a six-minute window to submit a retest after the device prompts you to provide a breath sample.
  2. Random retests are required with all state certified ignition interlock devices. They are the most effective way to ensure that the person operating the vehicle remains sober for the duration of their trip. Retests have been instrumental in helping to keep drunk drivers off the roads.
  3. A missed or failed retest will not turn off your vehicle. If you fail to provide a passing breath sample, your ignition interlock device will record a violation and your car horn and/or lights may activate, prompting you to pull over and turn your vehicle off. Once your vehicle is started, an ignition interlock device is incapable of turning it off, for safety reasons.
  4. With Intoxalock’s single button activation, retests are safe and easy to execute. You can blow into the device when prompted to without taking your eyes off the road.
  5. Ignition interlocks save lives and safety is the most important factor to us. If you do not feel comfortable providing a retest while driving, Intoxalock will get you the additional training you need.

We’re in this together – Learning to use your interlock

Intoxalock ignition interlock device retestsWhen you get your ignition interlock installed, a certified technician will train you on operating your device. They will be there to answer any questions you may have. If you still do not feel comfortable operating your interlock, you can return to any installer for additional help.

Intoxalock representatives are available 24/7 to walk you through how to operate your device. Please don’t hesitate to reach out. With proper training, ignition interlock devices are extremely easy to operate and random retests are safe, effective ways to keep our roads safe.

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Blackout Wednesday: Drive Safe this Thanksgiving Weekend

Posted on November 20th, 2017 / By Eliza Hamilton-Poore

Some holidays are known for binge drinking – St. Patrick’s Day, Independence Day, and Memorial Day all come to mind, but a new one is on the rise. Blackout Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, has become a favorite holiday for alcohol consumption.

Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving

NHTSA: Blackout Wednesday
With college students coming back for the holiday and working adults having the next day off, Thanksgiving Eve is a night of reunions and celebration. Unfortunately, the increase in binge drinking has also led to a rise in drunk driving and drunk driving deaths. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA, in the past five years over 800 people have died in drunk driving crashes over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. That’s one-third of the total number of fatalities over the holiday.

This Thanksgiving holiday period, remember to drink responsibly. Take the time to line up a designated driver, order a cab or rideshare, or just walk. Be safe and make it to Thanksgiving dinner.

Support Sober Driving

Looking for ways to help keep the roads safe this Thanksgiving? Support NHTSA’s awareness initiative by posting with the hashtags #ThanksgivingEve and #DriveSober.

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How DUI checkpoints work to keep you safe

Posted on October 23rd, 2017 / By Matthew Kenny

Intoxalock - DUI CheckpointsAs the year winds down and we find ourselves in the midst of the busiest holidays for traveling, we will likely see a variety of different sobriety checkpoints being performed across the nation. These checkpoints are performed in predetermined locations and allow law enforcement officers to stop vehicles to check whether drivers are impaired.

Effectiveness of checkpoints

Though not performed in every state of the United States, only 38 states currently conduct them, these checkpoints have been proven to decrease alcohol-related injuries and property damage, saving lives and money in various communities nationwide. In 2002, The Center for Disease Control and Prevention performed a systemic review of 11 sobriety checkpoint studies and quantified that these checkpoints reduce alcohol-related injuries and property damage by about 20 percent. More recently, in 2011, a study was performed that examined the exact effectiveness of 22 DUI checkpoints orchestrated over one year in 2011. The conclusion of this study found that the rate of impaired collisions in post-checkpoint periods was about 19 percent less than in the pre-checkpoint periods. Studies like the two referenced above are just two exemplars of the boon provided by these checkpoints.

Even the costs associated with these checkpoints hold positive returns to local communities. As mentioned in this sobriety checkpoint fact sheet released by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), research has shown that for every dollar invested in checkpoints, these communities save between $6 and $23 in costs from alcohol-related crashes.

With all the benefits these checkpoints provide, whether it be reducing driving impairment rates or saving money in alcohol-related crashes, it is hard to find a reason against performing DUI checkpoints in local communities. If you end up going through a DUI checkpoint in your immediate area and are asked to pull your vehicle over for inspection, remember all the positives listed above that they provide and how much safer the roads in that area are because of them.

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Teen Driver Safety Week: Tips to keep your teen driver safe

Posted on October 17th, 2017 / By Eliza Hamilton-Poore

Teen driving safety | IntoxalockThis week, October 15-21, is Teen Driver Safety Week. For teen drivers, learning to drive safely and responsibly can be a challenge. Unfortunately, car accidents continue to be the leading cause of death for 15 to 18-year-olds in the United States with 1,972 teen drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2015, and 99,000 teen drivers injured that same year.

For those of you with young drivers at home or in the family, there are steps that can be taken to prepare them for the responsibilities of the road.

Remind your teen to always wear a seatbelt. “In 2015, a total of 531 passengers died in passenger vehicles driven by teen drivers. And 58 percent of those passengers were NOT wearing their seatbelts at the time of the fatal crash,” according to the United States Department of Transportation. Teens learn by example. Be sure to wear your own seatbelt to demonstrate proper driving a passenger safety measures. Your teen being safe can influence their peers to be responsible as well. Regrettably, just as they are influenced to be responsible by one another, they also tend to make poor decisions based on each other’s actions. “84 percent of cases when the teen driver was unbuckled, the passengers were also unbuckled,” United States Department of Transportation. Remind your young driver to be safe for themselves and to be an example for their friends.

Teen impaired and distracted driving

Talk to your teen about the hazards of driving while impaired can also help reduce accidents. In 2015 one out of five teen drivers involved in a fatal accident had been drinking. Prescription and illegal drugs can also impair their driving. If alcohol use is an issue with your teen, you may consider getting a voluntary ignition interlock device for their vehicle. This device would make it impossible for them to start the vehicle if they have any alcohol in their system.

Speeding is another big issue when it comes to teen driver safety. 29% of all teen drivers involved in deadly crashes were speeding at the time of the accident.

With demands from school, work, social life, and athletic teams, it can be hard for a teenager to get enough sleep. Drowsy driving has the potential to be just as dangerous as impaired driving. Check-in with your young driver to make sure they are getting enough rest before they get behind the wheel.

And finally, 10 percent of young drivers involved in a fatal crash were distracted at the time of the crash. Be firm with them. Remind them to not text or do anything else that takes their attention away from the road while driving.

By taking these steps, we can hope for a safer future for our teens.

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Tennessee father sues county after repeat drunk driving offender kills his son

Posted on September 22nd, 2017 / By Eliza Hamilton-Poore

Tennessee father sues over repeat drunk driver | IntoxalockIgnition interlock devices were designed to keep the roadways safe by barring inebriated people from driving their vehicles. The devices are so effective that many states require them to be installed in the vehicles of all convicted drunk drivers. Tennessee is one of these states. That’s why the death of Kenya Matthews, a Shelby county boy, came as even more of a shock upon discovering that the drunk driver who hit him was required to get an ignition interlock device months ago.

Matthew’s was struck by a drunk driver while riding his bike earlier this year. The driver, Melvin Williams, was just three months out of being arrested for reckless driving. Part of Williams’ sentence was installing an ignition interlock device on his vehicle before driving again, something he failed to do. Williams was still able to drive illegally because there are currently no follow-ups to check that convicted DUI offenders have the ignition interlock device installed. Because of this loophole in the system, Williams was able to avoid installing an ignition interlock device, as so he was once again able to drive while intoxicated and Kenya Matthews lost his life.

Stronger interlock laws will prevent deaths

Kenya Matthew’s father, Thaddeus Matthews, has decided to go forward with a lawsuit against Shelby County to raise awareness of this flaw in the system. Tennessee has a strong stance against drunk driving with its first offender law, but more needs to be done. The problem doesn’t end at Tennessee either; many states have these loopholes.

We can only hope that more steps are taken to ensure an offender installs an IID so more lives won’t be lost. Whether having the installer call the state to confirm installation, or having the offender bring their vehicle in for inspection, more can be done to keep our roads and communities safe.

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