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Colorado BACtrack app put out in an attempt to reduce drunken driving

Posted on September 15th, 2017 / By Melanie Vespestad

Data has shown that about 40 percent of DUI’s in Colorado involve people who have previously been convicted of a DUI.

Colorado BAC Track | Intoxalock

What does this mean?

It’s time for a change, and the Colorado Department of Transportation wants to take action. Their goal is to help previous offenders understand their level of impairment from the alcohol they are drinking so that they can make informed decisions about whether it’s okay to get behind the wheel, or if they should choose an alternate form of transportation.

Those who choose to participate in this study will receive a BACtrack Mobile Pro. This device is a portable breathalyzer that can connect to a cell phone application. The app has several different features that could be helpful to those who have been drinking alcohol in public. First, when you blow into the portable breathalyzer, the application will report the blood alcohol level so that the participant knows if they are above or below the legal limit to be able to drive after consumption. The other features can be used after the BAC is tracked. The app estimates how long it will take for the participant’s BAC to return to zero, but it also will allow the user to request an Uber ride.

They believe that if Colorado residents have the knowledge of their BAC level combined with how they feel at that moment will help them make better, more informed decisions later on when they choose to drink in public. With the additional features, a person could have a fair estimate of how long they would need to stay at their current location without drinking before they would be able to drive home unimpaired by alcohol.

Although this app can help participants to get a better grasp of their impairment after each drink, this app cannot do anything to stop their decision making. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that the app will stop them from driving drunk again.  The only truly effective way to stop previous offenders from again drinking and driving is an ignition interlock device, or car breathalyzer. A car breathalyzer keeps a person from driving drunk by calculating the amount of alcohol that is in a driver’s breath. After the Breath Alcohol Concentration (BrAC) is processed, if the BrAC is too high, even if it is under the legal limit, the vehicle will not start because the IID is connected to the vehicle’s starter.

Even though people are continuing to create other apps that help with sharing rides and encouraging positive choices after a night of consuming alcohol, an ignition interlock device is the only thing stopping someone from making foolish decisions once they get into a vehicle. Intoxalock stresses the importance of using interlocks to make driving with the presence of alcohol impossible.

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Choosing an ignition interlock provider should be easy

Posted on September 11th, 2017 / By Melanie Vespestad

If you’ve recently been convicted of a DUI offense, or if your client has, you might be looking into the many steps of the DUI process. It’s likely that one of these steps is helping a client regain their license through the installation of an ignition interlock device. Choosing an ignition interlock provider can seem like a daunting task, but with over 25 years of experience, Intoxalock has several specific benefits that we take pride in.

The easiest to use

Since 1992, Intoxalock has been providing ignition interlock devices throughout the country. Since the beginning, our goal has been to have our device display accurate readings and provide users with a quick and efficient process so that those who’ve received a DUI can get back onto the road quickly and easily. Unlike other providers in the ignition interlock industry, our company has never been de-certified in a state for any reason. We are reliable, and we are constantly working to keep our technology top notch. With options for both English and Spanish programming and an easy blow pattern, Intoxalock continues to provide new features that keep customers happy.

Affordable pricing

DUIs are expensive, but your IID shouldn’t be. For as little as $2.15 per day, you could be back to driving. Intoxalock also offers many different promotions, including financial assistance, free installation, first month free, and other discounts in states that apply. Our Intoxalock representatives are trained to help you find the lowest price available.

Thousands of locations

With more than 2500 locations within the United States, Intoxalock offers convenience throughout the installation and calibration process. Rather than driving hundreds of miles to get your vehicle outfitted, Intoxalock provides many great locations that keep the work on your vehicle close to home, expediting the overall process. We also offer mobile installation, which gives an installer the ability to come to a customer, as long as state regulations allow it. Flexible scheduling and appointment reminders make Intoxalock a convenient interlock provider. Intoxalock has an online account management platform, MyAccount, which helps customers make payments online and schedule their own calibrations. We also offer customer care, available 24/7 to help answer any questions.

Intoxalock’s goal is to help make the lives of our customers simple. We have more than 100,000 customers every year and continue to expand our reach by providing more than 2,500 convenient locations for IID installation. With a positive work ethic and a large network of service centers, Intoxalock has been helping DUI offenders for more than 25 years. To speak with a state specialist, please call (855)-531-5244, and they’ll help you understand how Intoxalock can help you regain your driving privileges soon.

 

 

 

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Intoxalock presents: Ignition interlocks as a behavior modification tool

Posted on September 8th, 2017 / By Intoxalock Contributor

Intoxalock Iowa CLEIf you are an Iowa attorney looking for a CLE credit hour or if you are interested in learning more about ignition interlock devices, attend Intoxalock’s CLE credit hour.

Intoxalock presents: Ignition Interlocks as a Behavior Modification Tool

  • What is an ignition interlock and how does it work?
  • Iowa DWI requirements
  • Benefits of advanced technology
  • IID Effectiveness

When: September 28th, 2017 from 3-4pm or September 29th from 10-11 am

Where: Intoxalock Corporate Offices
11302 Aurora Avenue
Urbandale, IA 50322

To register and attend this CLE, email partner@intoxalock.com to reserve your spot. Seats are limited.

If you are interested in having an Intoxalock ignition interlock expert put together a presentation for you, please contact us at partner@intoxalock.com.


ABOUT THE PRESENTER: 
Skyler Roder is the Iowa and Wisconsin Territory Representative at Intoxalock. With over 5 years of experience in the industry, Skyler works with Attorneys, Treatment centers and industry affiliates daily.

This CLE credit hour has been approved by the Iowa Commission on Continuing Legal Education

 

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Intoxalock’s 2017 summer legislative update

Posted on August 31st, 2017 / By Caitlin Lee

It has been a busy summer in the ignition interlock industry and Intoxalock is here to keep you up to speed on what’s happening in your state.

Intoxalock Legislative UpdateIn June, Texas House Bill 3016, legislation that will allow some first-time offenders to seal their criminal backgrounds was passed. The now dubbed, “Second Chance Law” will make it easier for individuals to apply for jobs if they have first-time and low-level offenses on their records by not requiring them to disclose their offense. The new law only allows for nondisclosure of a first-time DWI. It does not allow for an expungement of the individual’s record.

In July, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu signed into law House Bill 420, mandating an ignition interlock device for wet reckless charges. Sununu also signed into law House Bill 448, mandating compliance based monitoring for first offenders. This bill gives the Division of Motor Vehicles the power to extend a participant’s interlock period for violations of rolling retests, tampering and removing the device without permission.

This month, Oregon passed House Bill 2638, a Bill mirrored after Washington’s regulatory reform and GPS Bill. HB 2638 will create a new program to oversee the vendors and installers of ignition interlock devices to establish standards. The regulatory portion of this bill will take effect on or after July 1st, 2018 with the transfer of oversight from ODOT to OSP in the future.

Also in August, Pennsylvania began the implementation of HB 290 or Act 33, their new first offender law. First offenders with blood alcohol concentrations (BAC) over .10% now have the opportunity to immediately petition PennDOT for the Ignition Interlock Limited License, getting individuals back on the road safely and quickly. Second, third and subsequent offenders can also petition PennDOT for their Ignition Interlock Limited License (IILL), but will still have to serve a portion of their hard suspension.

If you are an attorney, monitoring authority, treatment facility, SR-22 insurance provider or court professional interested in partnering with Intoxalock, please reach out to us directly at Partners@Intoxalock.com.

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Pennsylvania Gets Tough on Drunk Driving with New Ignition Interlock Law

Posted on August 23rd, 2017 / By Carly Flaws

Pennsylvania strengthens interlock lawsPennsylvania is taking steps to make their roads safer by strengthening their ignition interlock laws. Senate Bill 290 was signed into law on May 25 of last year by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolfe and will take effect this Friday (August 25, 2017).

Interlocks now required for some first offenders in Pennsylvania

SB290, or Act 33, has a few key changes to the current ignition interlock guidelines in Pennsylvania. The biggest change is that it’ll require first-time drunk driving offenders convicted of a DUI with a breath alcohol concentration (BrAC) of .10% and greater to install an ignition interlock device for at least one year following a year-long mandatory suspension period. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), an average drunk driver has driven drunk over 80 times before the first arrest so it’s critical to require interlocks for as many offenders as possible.

Ignition Interlock Limited License

With this new law, Pennsylvania is also implementing a new interlock license. With this Ignition Interlock Limited License, first-time drunk driving offenders required to obtain an ignition interlock device (.10% BrAC or greater) can petition Pennsylvania DOT (Penn DOT) immediately after their conviction to obtain their interlock early instead of waiting out the otherwise required year-long suspension.

In addition, consecutive drunk driving offenders (and those charged with refusals) will also be able to apply for the Ignition Interlock Limited License early by shortening their hard suspension period.

Ignition interlocks save lives

Pennsylvania’s previous laws only required ignition interlock devices for repeat drunk driving offenders. By extending these requirements to first offenders with a BrAC of .10% and above, Pennsylvania will keep more drunk drivers off the roads and will cut down on the number of people who re-offend. 50-75% of people continue driving on a suspended license, according to MADD. It’s clear that the immediate installation of an ignition interlock device is crucial in helping to prevent people from starting their vehicles after consuming alcohol.

Intoxalock supports Pennsylvania’s commitment to safer and sober driving. With 130 installation locations state-wide, more than any other ignition interlock provider, Intoxalock is committed to making the interlock process as easy and convenient as possible for Pennsylvania customers. In addition, Intoxalock offers your first month for free to help ease the up-front financial burden of a drunk driving offense.

If you are an affiliate interested in working with Intoxalock, please don’t hesitate to e-mail us today at Partners@Intoxalock.com. To learn more about installing an Intoxalock ignition interlock device, call one of our Pennsylvania interlock specialists today at (855) 531-5244.

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Using social media, drinking and driving prove to be a deadly combination

Posted on August 9th, 2017 / By Melanie Vespestad

The use of social media while drinking and driving again proves to be a deadly combination after four young women died within a four-day period.

Using Instagram and driving drunk

On Friday, July 21, Obdulia Sanchez, Jacqueline Sanchez Estrada and Manuela Seja were driving down the road, snapping pictures and talking. However, the driver, Sanchez was also creating a live Instagram video at the same time, taking her eyes off the road and her hands off the wheel.

What happened next was shocking to all the passengers. As Sanchez lost control, she over-corrected her wheel and ended up driving the car into a wire fence. The car had flipped, ejecting the two 14-year-old girls who weren’t wearing seatbelts in the back seat.

As Sanchez got out of the car and assessed the damage, she was still recording to her Instagram account. The video recorded shows her deceased sister lying on the ground behind her, as she exclaims her remorse for her actions. It was later discovered that Sanchez had been drinking before the crash, and her Blood Alcohol Concentration was .10 after the accident.

Drinking and driving

Another tragedy struck just a few days later when four women, Heather Camisa, Bianca Herwig, Paige Smith and Brooke Molnar, were involved in a crash in Bethel Park, PA as a result of drinking and driving in combination with the use of social media.

Nearly 10 minutes worth of Snapchat videos created by the young women show that they were drinking heavily at a bar, as well as in the vehicle that they were driving. Some of the video footage shows the driver, Smith, with a bottle of liquor between her legs while she operated the vehicle.

As early morning arrived, police reported that the vehicle they were driving in veered off the road and went directly into a utility pole. Smith, Camisa, and Herwig were pronounced dead at the scene, but Molnar was transported to a hospital in critical condition.

Although neither of these accidents was purposeful, the results were deadly. The alcohol that the drivers were drinking caused them to be impaired, allowing them to makeWith the rise of teens using social media, drinking and driving while using a phone has become more popular. out-of-character or rash decisions.  

Why this matters

As MADD said in their Facebook post about these accidents, “Stories like this highlight a disturbing trend of individuals bragging about drinking and driving on social media.”

Drunk driving is a serious matter, one that should never happen at all, let alone be publicized on through social media apps for hundreds to thousands of others to see. Although these are very sad incidents, we hope that people, especially teens, will learn from these women’s mistakes and choose to not operate a vehicle while drinking, using social media, or even worse, doing all at once.

Drunk driving while distracted by social media, texting and other technologies is the most deadly of evils our roads have ever seen. If ignition interlock devices are mandatory for all drunk driving offenders, regardless of the severity of the crime, we can cut down on some of these fatal accidents. While many states are making great strides in requiring interlocks for all drunk driving offenders, there is still progress to be made as a whole.

As Bethel Park police Chief Tim O’Conner said of the Pennsylvania situation, “We would stress to everyone that if you must drink, get a designated driver, make a phone call, have someone transport you even if you have to pay for it, party at home.There are options other than going out and trying to wheel yourself after consuming a considerable amount of alcohol.”

Intoxalock offers special pricing for the voluntary install of an ignition interlock devices. To learn more about how an ignition interlock device can help keep you or your loved ones safe on the road, call us today at (855) 531-5244.

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Utah .05 BAC law receives backlash

Posted on July 31st, 2017 / By Melanie Vespestad

In the past few months, the state of Utah and its legislators have been facing backlash because of a new law that was passed. Back in March, Utah became the first state to drop the legal Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) from .08 to .05 when Governor Gary Herbert signed the legislation into law.

The change stems from recommendations of a 2013 National Transportation Safety Board report, which fought for lower BAC limits within the United States. When Utah finally made the change, the state began paying for it almost immediately.

Expected to take effect December 1, 2018,  advocates for the law believe that it will protect drivers on the road and deter against drunk driving.

“This law will save lives, therefore it is good public policy and will move us closer to achieving our goal of Zero Fatalities,” Herbert said in a Washington Times article.

There are several parties that are concerned with this new law. The bar and restaurant industry could take a hit due to customers who are fearful of having more than one drink. The number of drinks Utah has signed a BAC law that changes the legal limit from .08 to .05.purchased at these establishments could diminish drastically over the next several months, and the American Beverage Institute is not happy.

Along the way, several newspaper ads have been run that have jabbed the state for their decision. Some of them encouraged tourists to visit Utah’s surrounding states so that they don’t go on vacation and come home convicted of a DUI.

The most recent ad was created and supported by the American Beverage Institute, and it targeted the legislators who are over the age of 65. The premise came from an unfound NHTSA research that claims that drivers over the age of 65 are more impaired than any younger driver with a BAC of .05.

However, besides the fact that this NHTSA research can’t be found, other research has shown time and time again that those driving with a BAC of .05 or higher show impairment with a potential risk to other drivers. The National Institute of Health looked at many studies and found that even at .05, people showed difficulty with simulated driving tests. The study also found that effects were stronger for sleep deprived and younger drivers that were completing the test, which contradicts the study that the American Beverage Institute was relying on for their recent ad campaign.

Those who have argued against the change believe that the law is too oppressive and restrictive, and they feel that consumers will be too afraid to drink outside their home. The opposition fears that the law will not effectively lower the number of drunk driving arrests. They even wonder if drunk driving arrests will rise due to the standard for arrest being so much lower. Some argue that at .05, a person is not impaired, so there is no need for this law.

This school of thought supports the assumption that refusals will go up because the likelihood of reaching the 0.05 threshold after drinking is so favorable.

In some states, refusals yield harsh penalties such as additional fines, stricter suspensions and longer ignition interlock requirements. For states with this program structure, a 0.05 BAC limit could be beneficial to keeping those that “take their chances” from driving after drinking. In other states, refusals reveal loopholes and could be used by people to avoid the DUI process, thus allowing the opportunity to re-commit the same act over and over again.

While all states share the common goal of making the road safer and decreasing the number of drunken drivers on roadways, the approaches vary greatly. The states with the most strict ignition interlock laws see the most dramatic decreases in alcohol-related deaths. Utah is taking a new approach, and only time will reveal how effective this new law will be.

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Fourth of July weekend marks one of the deadliest for drivers

Posted on June 30th, 2017 / By Melanie Vespestad

The Fourth of July holiday can be an incredibly fun couple of days filled with barbecues, boating, fireworks, parades, time with family and friends and lots of good food. During all of these fun events many people also choose to drink as a part of their festivities. Unfortunately, thousands of people, some of whom over the legal limit to operate a vehicle, will go to their cars and head home, causing potential danger.

However, what people might not know is that they are about to enter one of the deadliest days of the year for driving. Although the 4th of July holiday might be one of America’s favorites, it can also turn into one of the deadliest holidays of the year, all because of drunken driving.

According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, during the Independence Day holiday weekend of 2015 (from 6 p.m. July 2nd to 5:59 a.m. July 6), 146 people were killed in crashes that involved at least one drunk driver with a BAC of .08 or higher. Also, 92 people died in crashes involving at least one drunk driver with a BAC of .15 or higher, which is nearly twice the legal limit in all states.

Because of these stats for the Fourth of July weekend year after year, it’s important to plan everything in advance, including a designated driver. If you choose to drink during the holiday festivities, choose to call a friend or rely on a rideshare app to get you safely to your destination.

Police will be on patrol, doing their best to remind people the importance of either driving sober or getting pulled over. With all of the different options for getting around, there is no excuse for choosing to drive while intoxicated this Independence Day.

However, we know that nothing can fully prevent a drunk driver from starting their vehicle like an Intoxalock ignition interlock. Our interlocks help to stop a person from driving while intoxicated with an in-car breathalyzer. If a person submits a breath sample over the legal limit, they will not be allowed to start their car. Retests are required through the duration of the drive to ensure that the driver remains sober.  

If the stats aren’t enough for you, look into the cost of a DUI, both the financial burden of it, and the steps you would need to take to get back to driving again and living a normal life. A DUI can cost you your freedom. When it’s all said and done, driving drunk or even buzzed is not worth the potential consequences.

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New Hampshire closes two loopholes regarding interlocks

Posted on June 23rd, 2017 / By Brad Fralick

Legislators from New Hampshire’s General Court did the right thing last Thursday. With their 2017 session winding down, they passed House Bill 420 and House Bill 448. These bills closed a couple of loopholes that have bedeviled New Hampshire’s interlock program for years.

HB 420 corrects a big oversight in the legislation that created their interlock program. Believe it or not, while first and repeat DUI offenders had to have interlocks before they could be reinstated, drunk drivers who killed did not have to get an interlock prior to being reinstated. That’s right, alcohol-related crashes causing death were left out. Once the legislators realized that, yes indeed, these drivers would get out of prison and be eligible to get a license, these same legislators did the right thing.

HB 448, while less headline grabbing, will have a bigger effect upon traffic safety. This bill gives the Division of Motor Vehicles the power to extend a participant’s interlock period for violations of rolling retests, tampering and removing the device without permission. This concept, called compliance based monitoring, is the hottest trend in improving interlock program effectiveness. States that have moved to this practice have found that the drunk drivers who have learned their lesson get through the interlock requirement without a hitch, but that more than half do not fit that category, and they are constantly getting extended because, indeed, they do have an alcohol problem. But the beauty of this is that these people can still safely keep their jobs, go to school, and be productive members of society because the interlock removes the possibility of them driving drunk again. Everyone wins with effective interlock programs.

Now let’s hope that Governor Sununu signs these bills as everyone expects him to.

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Teens test their app against the rideshare competition to stop drunk driving

Posted on June 22nd, 2017 / By Melanie Vespestad

Recently, there’s been a spike within the rideshare competition. With each company coming up with strategic marketing campaigns and reaching out to cover new cities, you’d think our drunk driving dilemma would no longer be of concern. But that’s not the case.

The problem? People don’t want to leave their car at a bar overnight, even if they’re in no state to drive it home. Unless the driver has an ignition interlock installed, there is no mechanism in place to stop these people from “taking their chances” and driving drunk.

A new smartphone app could be joining big names such as Lyft and Uber within the rideshare world. However, this one has a different concept. According to KDVR News, Leave No Car Behind, co-founded by Colorado teenagers Beck Halbeisen and Vinny Rowe, is designed with the main intent being to get the car as well as the owner home safely after a night of drinking.

Similar to the goal of Intoxalock, Leave No Car Behind aims to prevent drunk driving incidents. According to KDVR, Halbeisen and Rowe aim to connect those who have been drinking with two other people who are sober. The idea is that one person can drive the drunk driver home while the other follows and picks them up.

The idea stemmed from the observation that after a night out drinking, many people will understand that they have had too much to drink and shouldn’t drive, but most aren’t willing to leave their car behind when heading home for the night. They see leaving their vehicle at a bar as more of a next-day convenience rather than a much needed safety precaution.

Since the teens behind the concept aren’t old enough to actually get into bars, they’ve been greeted with a lot of strange looks and remarks when they go to pick up an intoxicated customer. However, the app is still doing its job to get both the car and the consumer home safely.

Although the idea has been met with some criticism, Halbeisen and Rowe will continue to seek investors with the goal of expanding their reach outside of Colorado and into other areas nationwide.

These teens, as well as many other across the country, are fighting to make a difference. It’s exciting to see more and more people who can influence future laws. Those who care and fight for stricter laws against drunk driving offenses can make a difference. It’s been found that those who are speaking with legislators are making a difference, as you can read in our recent blog post about Arizona tightening its legislation in regards to ignition interlocks.

Together we can accomplish more in the fight for safe and responsible driving. To learn more about how Intoxalock can help prevent people from driving after drinking, call us today at (855) 531-5244.

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