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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.

 

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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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