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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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5 steps to the most effective interlock law

Posted on April 7th, 2016 / By Carly Flaws

Current ignition interlock laws have stopped more than 1.77 million people with a breath alcohol content (BrAC) of .08 and above from starting their vehicles in an attempt to drive drunk. (MADD 2016 Ignition Interlock Device Report)

When effectively implemented, interlock laws drastically cut down on the number of alcohol-related traffic accidents and fatalities. Since their introduction into the market, ignition interlock devices have evolved to become as effective as possible in preventing drunk driving.

Currently, 25 states require ignition interlock devices for all drunk driving offenders. In response to a 2015 report published by the CDC, “Increasing Alcohol Ignition Interlock Use: Successful Practices For States,” Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) outlined key aspects that should be included in the ideal first-time drunk driving offender interlock law.

The five key components to an effective interlock law include:

  1. Clear penalties for tampering or circumventing the device
  2. States should have a well-established indigent fund or financial assistance program in place
  3. Interlocks should be required for first-time refusals to provide a breath test at time of arrest
  4. Interlocks should be made available immediately following arrest to regain driving privileges during a suspension period
  5. Removal of the interlock is based on remaining compliant with the program

perfect interlock lawIn MADD’s recent interlock report, Nebraska, Washington and West Virginia were the only three states that effectively demonstrated all five components listed above. Even when all best practices are implemented, there are ways to improve the effectiveness of the ignition interlock program by publicizing the laws and requiring interlocks in plea agreements.

MADD also advocates that the most successful ignition interlock program requires strict monitoring of the users. This keeps drunk driving offenders compliant and incentivizes them to refrain from drinking and driving as a condition of having the device removed.

A strong administrative backbone supporting ignition interlock devices as a behavior modification tool and state representatives that ensure the laws are implemented correctly are two key components MADD recommends.

Ignition interlock devices have been crucial in helping to prevent drunk driving deaths nationwide. As states continue implementing stricter interlock laws, the number of people involved in alcohol-related accidents will continue to decline, but it’s important to structure the program to maximum effectiveness. To learn more about how Intoxalock can help your clients, please reach out to us at Partner@Intoxalock.com today!

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How long does it take to install an ignition interlock device?

Posted on March 29th, 2016 / By Carly Flaws

Intoxalock’s partner network of service centers is trained and certified to perform a quick and careful installation of your ignition interlock device. Although the total installation time varies depending on the make, model and year of your vehicle, most Intoxalock installations take less than an hour to complete, from start to finish.

ignition interlock device installationIntoxalock has more installation locations than any other ignition interlock provider in the United States! With over 1,600 locations fully staffed with trained experts across the country, we work with professionals who are able to cater to the specific needs of your vehicle. In addition, our installers are up-to-date on the newest technologies and best practices and will keep your vehicle safe during the installation of an ignition interlock device.

Though we aim to keep all installations as quick as possible, it’s important to keep in mind newer vehicles with push-start buttons and some higher end vehicles might require some extra time to install and remove ignition interlock devices, due to additional complexities within the vehicles. Our installers balance between efficiency and quality in order to provide you with the best installation experience.

At Intoxalock, we are devoted to always providing seamless customer satisfaction, professional standards and worker accountability. We aim to provide efficient, comprehensive customer service that will help you navigate through the DUI process without compromising daily life. We understand that this begins with the installation process and ends with the de-installation. Our service centers are committed to providing you with an excellent experience from start to finish.

Schedule your install at one of Intoxalock’s convenient and certified service centers today by calling (855) 531-5244 or have an Intoxalock representative reach out to you by submitting this form.

Together, we can help you get back on the road as safely and quickly as possible with the help of an ignition interlock device.

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Intoxalock now offers mobile services in Connecticut

Posted on March 24th, 2016 / By Carly Flaws

Intoxalock is proud to now offer mobile ignition interlock device installations, de-installations and maintenance to Connecticut customers! Certified mobile installers will now be able to come to your home, work or another location of your choice to perform ignition interlock device services.mobile_ignition_interlock_connecticut

Mobile installation is just another way Intoxalock helps make the ignition interlock process easy and convenient. Learn more about why to choose Intoxalock as your ignition interlock device provider.

Intoxalock currently offers mobile services in 17 states, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Currently, the following Intoxalock certified installers in Connecticut are proud to offer convenient mobile services to new and existing customers. In addition, they all still offer ignition interlock services at their business locations if you’d rather bring your vehicle to them.

Act Audio LLC
642 Talcottville Road
Vernon Rockville CT 06066

CT Auto Restylers LLC
222 McKee Street Ste 1
Manchester CT 06040

Family Sunoco LLC
54 New Haven Road
Seymour CT 06483

Mad Hatter Auto
176 Queen Street
Southington CT 06489

Jensen Tire and Automotive LLC
6746 Main Street
Trumbull CT 06611

Audioworks
260 Old Gate Lane
Milford CT 06460
*Mobile recalibrations only

Nutmeg Auto Service LLC
3490 Main Street
Hartford CT 06120
*Mobile recalibrations only

Getting a drunk driving conviction is an expensive and confusion process. We make the ignition interlock device portion of the process easy, convenient and affordable. Contact us today at (855) 531-5244 to set up a convenient mobile installation with one of our certified service center partners. All Intoxalock installers are trained and certified to be able to provide the best service to our customers. In addition, they have the knowledge to be able to answer any questions you might have about your ignition interlock device.

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Wisconsin votes to weaken drunk driving laws

Posted on March 22nd, 2016 / By Carly Flaws

Wisconsin roads are in danger of becoming a lot less safe if recent legislation to weaken Wisconsin’s drunk driving laws is signed by the Governor. The bill, Wisconsin AB 839, proposes the implementation of a twice-a-day alcohol testing program that would allow drunk driving offenders back on the road without first installing an ignition interlock device in their vehicle.

What is the twice-a-day testing program (Wisconsin AB 839)?

With the twice-a-day testing, drunk driving offenders would be able to obtain their Occupational Permit allowing them driving privileges as long as they agreed to provide breath samples to check for alcohol twice a day at a local police station or probation office. The way the program is set up, these individuals would have no accountability the rest of the time and as long as the alcohol was clear from their system by their next testing time, they could continue drinking and driving.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) supports ignition interlock devices for drunk drivers and has produced data showing they are the most effective way to prevent multiple drunk driving offenses. 50 to 75 percent of drunk driving offenders continue to drive even after losing their license, according to MADD. Many of those continue mixing drinking with driving. View more drunk driving statistics.

Ignition interlock devices are the only tool that can guarantee sober driving. In fact, according to MADD’s 2016 Ignition Interlock Report, ignition interlock devices have stopped over 156,000 drunk drivers from starting their vehicles in Wisconsin alone. Nationwide, they’ve stopped over 1.77 million.

Ignition interlock devices are extremely effective in preventing repeat drunk driving offenses. They allow offenders to resume a normal life while being able to drive to work and take care of their families. With a requirement to physically go into a location twice a day to provide samples, schedules will be disrupted and rehabilitation will be nearly impossible. This will result in people abandoning the program and spiraling downward into a system of consequences without the chance to recover. In addition, it leaves too many loopholes for people to continue drinking and driving.

Here what real multiple drunk driving offenders have to say.

Wisconsin – take action now!

This bill goes to the Governor’s desk now, where he will only have a few days to take action on it. If you are a Wisconsin resident, please fill out this MADD form to send a letter to your Governor opposing Wisconsin AB 839 today. Tomorrow might be too late. Please help protect our families and keep our roads safe!

MADD Wisconsin

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How will my monitoring authority know I have an ignition interlock installed?

Posted on March 18th, 2016 / By Carly Flaws

Each certified Intoxalock service center will provide you with a Certificate of Installation after installing the ignition interlock device into your vehicle. The steps following your installation vary by state. Many states will simply require you to present this certificate to your monitoring authority for review. In other states, Intoxalock will electronically notify your state of the installation. Regardless, we work to make it easy and convenient to stay in touch with your monitoring authorities. This helps to expedite the legal process of regaining your driving privileges as quickly as possible.

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We realize that dealing with the aftermath of an alcohol-related driving conviction such as a DUI is stressful enough without the added pressure of staying in constant communication with your state government. At Intoxalock, we strive to provide easy ways for you to stay connected with your monitoring authority, without compromising your everyday life.  Thus, we will act as both an advocate and liaison between you and the law.

Schedule your ignition interlock device installation today at one of Intoxalock’s 1,600 installation locations by calling (888) 283-5899. Our state-specialists can walk you through your states’ requirements and will help you make a plan to get back on the road safely and legally as quickly as possible.

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