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Intoxalock is now a certified interlock provider in Florida

Posted on May 24th, 2016 / By Carly Flaws

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.

Convenient locations

Intoxalock now certified ignition interlock provider in FloridaWith 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.

Advanced technology

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.

If you are an attorney, treatment professional or monitoring authority and are interested in doing business with Intoxalock, please reach out to us at partner@intoxalock.com.

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Intoxalock adds level of detail with dedicated state specialists

Posted on May 11th, 2016 / By Carly Flaws

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.

Intoxalock state specialistsIn 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.

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“Reflections from Inside” – Chilling PSA grabs attention of bar patrons

Posted on May 3rd, 2016 / By Carly Flaws

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.

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5 tips for a safe Cinco de Mayo

Posted on April 29th, 2016 / By Carly Flaws

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.Cinco de Mayo - Intoxalock

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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Can other people drive my vehicle if I have an ignition interlock device?

Posted on April 27th, 2016 / By Carly Flaws

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.

Can somebody else drive my car with an ignition interlock device installed?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.

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How do I use an ignition interlock device?

Posted on April 21st, 2016 / By Carly Flaws

Intoxalock is an extremely user-friendly ignition interlock device designed to keep drivers safe on the road with minimal intervention. To activate the device, press the activation button located just beneath the LED screen. Next, wait for the LED screen to display the word “blow.” Once the device shows it is ready, provide your breath sample into the device mouthpiece to test your breath alcohol concentration (BrAC).

how-to-use-interlockThere are two methods for providing a breath sample with the Intoxalock, depending on your state’s requirements. The first and most common method is a blow/inhale/blow pattern, which resembles heavy breathing. The other is a straight blow method that requires a more forceful breath. Check your user’s manual for detailed instructions for your state.

Depending on your state’s regulations, the Intoxalock handheld will either display your BrAC or it will read “pass” or “fail” after your breath sample is submitted. Once you have passed the test, you can put your key in the ignition and will be able to start your vehicle as you normally would.

All states mandate that the driver provides retests at random intervals of time when the vehicle is running. Intoxalock will signal the need for a retest with a loud beep. You should submit your breath sample as soon as you safely can. If you don’t feel comfortable providing a breath sample in your ignition interlock device while driving, Intoxalock allows you enough time to pull your vehicle over to the side of the road before providing your sample.

If the device detects alcohol on your breath during a retest, your vehicle will not turn off while in motion. Your device might signal for you to pull over and safely turn off your car by activating the horn or flashing the car lights, though.

Please contact Intoxalock at (855) 531-5244 for more information on installing an Intoxalock ignition interlock device in your vehicle or get started today! If you are an existing customer, log on to My Account to review your user’s manual and watch some short user’s videos to help you better understand your ignition interlock device.

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How “normal” is the amount of alcohol you drink?

Posted on April 20th, 2016 / By Carly Flaws

A report put together by The Washington Post revealed startling statistics about what “normal” alcohol consumption in America looks like.

According to the report, 30 percent of Americans don’t drink at all. That isn’t the most surprising statistic, though. What might surprise you is the data you’ll find higher up the chart.

The top 10 percent of American adults, which equates to around 24 million people, consume an average of 74 alcoholic drinks each week. If you break that number out, that means they consume a little more than 10 drinks each day.

American alcohol consumption

The figures come from the published book “Paying the Tab” by Philip J. Cook. His calculations are derived from data gathered by the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC). Cook goes on to explain that the top 10 percent of drinkers consume over half of the total amount of alcohol consumed in any given year.

I think it’s clear to be able to assume chronic drinking problems to those consuming over 10 drinks a day. Alcohol companies, like other industries, rely on that top group of consumers to drive profits and increase sales. Unlike other industries, those people that heavily consume alcohol regularly put themselves and others at risk, especially when they chose to drink and drive.

“One consequence is that the heaviest drinkers are of greatly disproportionate importance to the sales and profitability of the alcoholic-beverage industry,” Cook writes. “If the top decile somehow could be induced to curb their consumption level to that of the next lower group (the ninth decile), then total ethanol sales would fall by 60 percent.”

Putting the extremes aside, let’s look at this from a more relatable perspective. Many people might agree that it isn’t uncommon to have a glass of wine with dinner each night. According to Cook’s research, that alone would put you in the top 30 percent of American adults in terms of alcohol consumption. Compare that to drinking two BOTTLES of wine with dinner each night. That still wouldn’t break you into the top ten percent of America’s alcohol consumers.

To recap – the top ten percent of alcohol consumers in America consume 74 drinks a week, on average. The Washington Post breaks it down for us a little further. 74 alcohol drinks are equal to more than 4.5 750ml bottles of Jack Daniels (around $105), 18 bottles of wine (around $270) or three 24-can cases of beer (around $75). This is per week. Every seven days.

Ignition interlock devices should be mandated for all drunk driving offenders nationwide, even first-time offenders. Of those 24 million alcohol consumers in the top ten percent, it’s terrifying to think about how many of them get behind the wheel of their vehicles while intoxicated. It isn’t enough to wait until the second or third offense to require an interlock. Ask families of victims. It could be too late.

Ignition interlock devices are an affordable and effective solution to guaranteeing sober driving. Intoxalock can help you install a device at one of our over 1,600 convenient locations nationwide. Call us today at (855) 531-5244 to find out how we can help you stay safe on the road with the installation of an ignition interlock device.

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26 states now require interlocks for all drunk driving offenders

Posted on April 15th, 2016 / By Carly Flaws

Monday, April 11 was a monumental day, not just for Maryland, but for the entire country. With only minutes left in Maryland’s legislative session, Noah’s Law passed the Maryland General Assembly. The bill is in the hands of Governor Larry Hogan, who has publically indicated that he will sign the bill into law.

Noah’s Law will require ignition interlock devices to be installed in the vehicles of all drunk driving offenders, even first-time offenders. This makes Maryland the 26th state to require interlocks for first-time drunk driving offenders. To make it even clearer, as a country, we’re past the halfway point. Over half of the states are now requiring interlocks for all drunk driving offenders. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), states that require interlocks for first-time offenders see a dramatic drop in the number of alcohol-related traffic fatalities.

all-offender-interlock_laws“States with all-offender ignition interlock laws, such as Arizona and West Virginia, have seen reductions in drunk driving deaths of 50 and 40 percent,” MADD said in a statement. “Across the nation, ignition interlocks have stopped 1.77 million drunk driving attempts.” (cars.com)

MADD has been working tirelessly for years to get all 50 states to adopt similar interlock laws for all drunk driving offenders. With 26 down, that leaves less than half to go.

Studies are conclusive in showing that ignition interlock devices are the most effective way to prevent drinking and driving, and even more so, to prevent repeat drunk driving offenses. They are the only mechanism that can completely prevent somebody from getting behind the wheel of their car after they’ve consumed alcohol.

Noah’s Law is named after a Montgomery Country Police Officer, Noah Leotta. He was 24 when he was struck and killed by a suspected drunk driver. Victims of drunk driving are all-to-often, much like Noah. They are innocent. They are not the ones who chose to drink and drive, but their lives are ended because of the ability others have to get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol.

With ignition interlock and drunk driving legislations pending in many other states, as a country, we need to come together and make interlocks mandatory for all drunk driving offenses. They need to be mandatory for a long enough period of time to serve as a behavior modification tool to prevent follow-up drunk driving occurrences. With 26 states committed to preventing drunk driving, our roads are safer now than they were years ago, but there’s still progress to be made.

For more information about how an Intoxalock ignition interlock device can help to guarantee sober driving, call our representatives today at (855) 531-5244 with any questions you might have.

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“Responsibility Starts with Me” – Celebrating Alcohol Responsibility Month

Posted on April 12th, 2016 / By Carly Flaws

Education is a key component in helping to eliminate the number of drunk drivers that get behind the wheel. April is Alcohol Responsibility Month and responsibility.org is taking the opportunity to spark national conversations about making smart choices when it comes to alcohol consumption.

They launched their new campaign, “Responsibility Starts with Me,” at the start of the month to celebrate the impact they’ve had on drunk driving, underage drinking and responsible drinking since they were established 25 years ago.

The basis for the “Responsibility Starts with Me” campaign resonates around asking what “being responsible” about drinking actually means to people. Some common trends emerged, but individuals seemed to all have their own definition of what alcohol responsibility really meant.

According to research conducted by responsibility.org, alcohol responsibility had a few trends.

  • 76% of Americans believe alcohol responsibility belongs to “me”
  • Six out of ten Americans say they choose not to drink and drive
  • 63% of Americans feel like they know their limits when it comes to alcohol consumption

While people self-report that they are responsible and aware when it comes to alcohol consumption, the number of alcohol-related traffic fatalities is still way too high. According to MADD, every two minutes, a person is injured in a drunk driving crash and on average, two in three people will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime. See more DUI statistics.

“With the ‘Responsibility Starts with Me’ campaign, we hope to ignite a national conversation about what it means to ‘drink responsibly,’ knowing that definition is a personal one and is most likely different for everyone,” said Ralph Blackman, president and CEO of Responsibility.org.

Education is a key component in decreasing the number of drunk driving fatalities. In addition, ignition interlock devices help prevent the number of repeat drunk driving occurrences and are the most effective way to keep drunk drivers from re-offending. According to MADD, 50 to 75 percent of convicted drunk drivers will continue to drive, even if their license is suspended.

The most effective approach to ending drunk driving relies on many factors. Two of the main pieces are the successful implementation of ignition interlock laws for all drunk driving offenders and effective educational initiatives to prevent drunk driving from the start. For more information on how Intoxalock can help guarantee sober driving, call us today at (855) 531-5244.

 

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What happens if I don’t comply with my interlock order?

Posted on April 11th, 2016 / By Carly Flaws

The repercussions of not complying with an ignition interlock device order vary depending on your state’s regulations. As a baseline, many states will delay reinstatement of unrestricted driving privileges until the completion of your ignition interlock requirements. Other consequences may include the extension of your original ignition interlock restriction, being held in contempt and facing additional fines and/or jail time.

comply-interlock-requirementAt Intoxalock, we realize that dealing with the aftermath of a drunk driving offense is a financially, mentally and emotionally taxing experience. Intoxalock is here to help you through the process by providing a constructive and efficient plan to help navigate the steps you need to take.

Our representatives are specialists in your state and will help guide you through the legal process. In addition, we commit to always offering you the lowest pricing available to help minimize the financial burden that comes with drunk driving convictions. Ultimately, Intoxalock works to make the road a safer place for all drivers. When properly used, ignition interlock devices can be a meaningful ally in an otherwise cold and confusing legal process.

The state-mandated ignition interlock requirements differ by state. Additional factors related to the number of previous offenses you’ve had and the severity of your offense are all considered when determining how long you will have an ignition interlock installed.

Ignition interlock devices are a successful behavior modification tool that guarantees sober driving. They allow you to move on with life the way it was before your drunk driving offense without causing disruption to your family and work life. Intoxalock is proud to have helped over 90,000 people last year regain driving privileges with the use of an ignition interlock device.

Call us today at (855) 531-5244 to speak with an ignition interlock expert today or fill out this quick form to get started online now!

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