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MADD Weighs in on Tougher Drunk Driving Laws

Posted on March 19th, 2013 / By IntoxBlog

In the last few years, many states have cracked down on intoxicated drivers. You have probably seen driver checkpoints, either for special holidays (i.e. St. Patrick’s Day, New Year’s Eve), or just to keep drivers on their toes. Nowadays DUI offenses carry severe penalties, and the increased presence and increased safety features on vehicles, have helped reduce the number of fatalities.

Each state has its own set of rules, some stricter than others, ranging from fines to jail time. A recent MADD report offered a state-by-state rundown, ranking states on the severity of their laws, and suggestions on how to keep intoxicated drivers off the road. Five states received “5-star” ratings: Arizona, Illinois, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Utah. The rankings are based on various measures implemented within the states, including DUI checkpoints, ignition interlock device (IID) requirements for first-time offenders, and penalties for child endangerment. The rankings do not necessarily mean that these states’ penalties are the toughest, just that the states have more regulations in place.

Arizona is arguably the toughest state when it comes to handling DUI offenses. First time offenders forfeit their license, a minimum fine of $250, and drivers may have to install an IID. In addition, anyone with a BAC level higher 0.20 could face 45 days in jail. The state managed to reduce drunk driving fatalities by nearly 50 percent, thanks in part to the stricter laws.

In Illinois, while fatalities declined by double-digit percentages, nearly 300 people died in drunk driving crashes in 2011, the highest of MADD’s 5-star states. As a result, the organization urged the state’s governor to implement a “DUI Coordinator” to help reduce the number of crashes.

In 2011, Kansas introduced mandatory IIDs for first-time offenders. After years of increasing fatality numbers, the state witnessed a decline in 2011: 108, compared to 124 the year before. Part of the decline is undoubtedly because of the stricter penalties enacted that year.

We here at Intoxalock salute those five states listed, and are continuously doing our part to help reduce, if not erase the tragic numbers.

Filed Under: Drunk Driving, Legislation

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Lower DUI Death Numbers are Encouraging, But There’s Still a Ways to Go

Posted on March 12th, 2013 / By IntoxBlog

As you know, preventing drunk driving is a serious priority for us here at Intoxalock. And there appears to be recent good news in the fight. In recent years, the number of drunk driving deaths has declined tremendously; according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), 9,878 people died in DUI-related crashes in 2011. That figure is down from 10,136 in 2010, and more than 50% from the early-1980s. This decline also parallels a drop in overall vehicle fatalities, with lower numbers attributed to more vehicles containing safety features like front and side airbags.

Another factor helping lower the numbers is increased police patrols; you have probably seen checkpoints along the highway, with officers monitoring drivers, and arresting those suspected of DUI. However, while 2011’s historically low numbers are encouraging, there is still a ways to go.

We here at Intoxalock are confident that our line of ignition interlock devices (IIDs) also help promote the fight and have helped drive the numbers down. The IIDs feature breathalyzers that disable any vehicle if the driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC) level is above the state’s legal limit.

Whether you have a prior alcohol-related conviction, or simply want to promote proper driving safety, we are here to help you. We can answer any questions and allay any fears you may have about installing an IID. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have!

Filed Under: Drunk Driving, Legislation

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Intoxalock Now Servicing Washington State Direct

Posted on March 5th, 2013 / By IntoxBlog

We have recently reached an agreement with our distributor, Interlock Northwest Inc., to begin servicing all Intoxalock accounts directly. We take pride in providing premier installation services through an expanding network of authorized locations. Everyone at Intoxalock is committed to making this transition as smooth as possible.

As of January 1, 2013 we have begun managing the calibrating and reporting functions for the State of Washington. In addition, our customer service department has been trained on the Washington regulations and will serve as the primary resource for questions customers may have about their accounts. Customers can also access their accounts online to make payments, request recalibrations, and track shipments of their device to their local service center.

In addition, customers will experience a significantly shortened recalibration time at the service center as Intoxalock will now ship a pre-calibrated unit to the customer’s service center prior to the recalibration date. The service center technician will exchange the handheld devices and the customer will quickly be on their way.

In addition to already-mandatory ignition interlock devices required for any driver with prior alcohol-related offenses, legislation introduced on January 1st  by Washington State now requires cameras for any driver who uses an in-car breathalyzer.  This technology captures a snapshot of the driver each time it is used. Intoxalock began offering this feature on its Mobile eLERT™ (Electronic Live Event Reporting Technology) device in 2010 and is currently being used for Intoxalock installed drivers in New York, Michigan, Minnesota, Texas, and Vermont.

Our philosophy of outstanding customer service will be evident throughout this process and we look forward to servicing the State of Washington directly. We are confident our proven business strategy will exceed current customers’ expectations and continue to grow our customer base in Washington. We appreciate your continued support and look forward to working with you keep our roads safer.

Read the official Press Release here for more information!

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New Jersey Now Part of Intoxalock Ignition Interlock Installation Network for Drunk Driving Offenders

Posted on February 28th, 2013 / By IntoxBlog

“At Intoxalock, we are extremely proud to be installing our device in the state of New Jersey,” said Dave Arringdale, CEO of Intoxalock. “Our service centers are strategically placed across the state and we are still growing. In addition to continuing our fight against drunk driving, we are helping offenders through the ignition interlock requirements seamlessly so they can get back on the road quickly, safely and legally.”

The State of New Jersey provided approval to Intoxalock in late 2012 and we have already acquired 20 authorized installation centers across the state. First-time Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) offenders with a BAC of 0.15 percent or higher must install an IID in any vehicle they operate during a license suspension period as well as for a period of 6 months to 1 year after their license is restored. In addition, second and third time DWI offenders are required to install the device for up to three years after license restoration.

Click here to read the entire Intoxalock New Jersey Press Release!

Intoxalock Authorized Installation Centers are sought out in different areas of each state across the nation to help ensure that ignition interlock device users receive premium customer service. Intoxalock users lease the device and are put directly in touch with their local service center for installation and maintenance. Installation of the Intoxalock takes about an hour and does not affect the vehicle’s performance. The driver is alerted when it’s time to return to a service center for recalibration.

Interested in becoming an Intoxalock Authorized Installation Center? All the information you need is here.

 

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Twenty Good Years for Intoxalock…Here’s to Twenty More!

Posted on February 26th, 2013 / By IntoxBlog

2013 is a big year for us here at Intoxalock! This past January, we celebrated a major milestone – 20 years of service in the fight against drunk driving. In January 1993, we installed our first ever car breathalyzer, which immobilizes the vehicle if the driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC) level is above the legal limit. Since then we have installed more than 130,000 units on vehicles, helping keep drunk drivers off the road and out of danger. In fact, Intoxalock leads the industry with our line of car breathalyzers, which most states require for repeat offenders. However, some drivers install them voluntarily.

How Does it Work?
With an in-car breathalyzer – or interlock ignition device (IID) – the driver blows into the breathalyzer just as he or she would with a police officer. If his or her BAC level registers above the legal limit, the car will not start. It is as simple as that.

Intoxalock currently offers three different types of IIDs: the Intoxalock Legacy, Mobile eLERT (Electronic Live Event Reporting Technology), and the Home eLERT. If you were recently charged with an alcohol-related offense and need an IID, or simply want to install one for your personal safety, do not hesitate to contact us. We can address any questions or concerns you may have.

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2013 Brings Federal Funds to States for Ignition Interlock Incentive

Posted on February 21st, 2013 / By IntoxBlog

We can expect a flurry of ignition interlock legislation in 2013 as the Federal Government is attempting to entice states to crack down on first time drunk driving offenders.  After 3 long years of delays, Congress finally passed a new multi-year transportation bill and buried deep within it was a $20.8 million, two year, ignition interlock incentive program. States can receive two years of funding assistance when they pass legislation requiring first time offenders to install an ignition interlock. This incentive was set up with the intent to fund up to 80% of the program administration costs in those two years.

There are currently only 17 states that require ignition interlocks for first-time offenders. Some of the remaining 33 states will not find the incentive of the two year funding beneficial. However, other states in need of new revenue will drive the bill through. These legislators must consider a way to fund their programs after the two year incentive period has ended. Hopefully many states will take advantage of this incentive program and continue efforts to prevent drunk driving.

 

Filed Under: Legislation

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Intoxalock Celebrates 20 Years in the Fight Against Intoxicated Driving

Posted on February 14th, 2013 / By IntoxBlog

In conjunction with researchers at Iowa State University, Consumer Safety Technology LLC (CST) developed the Intoxalock using alcohol-specific fuel cell technology in 1992. CST was the first company to use this cutting-edge technology, which is now an ignition interlock industry standard. Twenty years ago, in January 1993, Intoxalock installed its first car breathalyzer, now known as an ignition interlock device (IID).

“At Intoxalock, we are extremely proud to reach such an important milestone,” said Dave Arringdale, CEO.  There is a high level of satisfaction that comes from knowing that we are helping with such a critical public safety issue. Fighting drunk driving through the application of our various technologies is important not only for the public at large, but also for the offender who can get back on the road safely and legally.”

The Intoxalock is a discreet, hand-held alcohol sensor that tests a driver’s breath to determine his or her blood alcohol content (BAC) and prohibits a vehicle from starting if the driver fails the test. The Intoxalock is primarily used by people who are legally required to have an IID because of a drunk-driving violation. However, more and more individuals and businesses are voluntarily installing the devices as a way of preventing a potential drunk driving arrest or tragedy.

In 2010, CST added advanced features within the Intoxalock eLERT™ products and today, continues to actively work to advance the IID industry with technology that suits the needs of various federal and state requirements. Intoxalock currently offers three device options: their original ignition interlock device known as the Legacy model; the Intoxalock Mobile eLERT™, which features advanced wireless capabilities including GPS, photo imaging, and real-time reporting; and a similar eLERT model that allows for in-home monitoring.

Intoxalock offers 24-hour customer service in its technical department, and has more than 1,100 installation centers nationwide. In addition, Intoxalock also assists in finding legal aid, treatment facilities, and driving schools.

 

 

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