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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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Maryland votes in favor of Noah’s Law 136-0

Posted on March 16th, 2016 / By Carly Flaws

Maryland has been fighting to strengthen their ignition interlock device program for seven years without much success, until this week. Yesterday, the state’s House of Delegates passed the proposed interlock bill with a unanimous vote of 136-0.

The bill, named Noah’s Law, is in honor of a Montgomery County Police Officer. Noah Leotta was killed last December while working on a driving-under-the-influence assignment. The person that hit him was a suspected drunk driver with two previous convictions on his record.Noah Leotta

Efforts to expand on Maryland’s ignition interlock device program have failed continuously over the past few years, but Leotta’s death created an increasing level of support for something that previously was shaken off as not enough of a problem. Read how other drunk driving victims have inspired stricter drunk driving laws in their states.

The proposed bill would require all drunk driving offenders with a blood alcohol content (BAC) at or above the legal limit of 0.08 to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle. Currently, only those with BACs at or above 0.15 are required to an install ignition interlock device.

Delegate Ben Kramer sponsored Noah’s Bill in the House. “The ignition interlock device is the only thing that actually modifies the behavior of drunk drivers when it’s been put on their car for at least six months,” Kramer said in a WBOC news article.

Noah’s Law would also inflict additional penalties on drivers who refuse to take a breath test at the time they are pulled over. Currently, those refusing a breath test face a license suspension of 120 days. The proposed law would increase the time of suspension to 270 days. In addition, if the driver refuses to submit to a breath test, they could opt into the ignition interlock program to regain driving privileges.

Currently, 25 states require ignition interlock devices for all drunk driving offenders. Studies have consistently shown that when all-offender laws are implemented, the number of drunk driving deaths in the state drastically declines, as revealed in Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s (MADD) 2016 Ignition Interlock Device Report.

Learn more about how Intoxalock ignition interlock devices help over 90,000 people legally regain driving privileges each year after a drunk driving conviction. Call us today at (855) 531-5244.

 

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Don’t rely on just luck this St. Patrick’s Day – designate a sober driver

Posted on March 11th, 2016 / By Carly Flaws

St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, is a day known for celebration, the color green, Irish heritage and of course, alcohol. The festivities often last long into the night and early hours of the morning, especially for adults and young adults. A recent survey revealed 52.3% of men and 47.7% of women plan to participate in celebrations annually. (Forbes)

With such an increase in alcohol consumption, the risks associated with drunk driving become even more of a concern. According to Forbes.com, 13 million pints of Guinness beer are consumed globally on St. Patrick’s Day, up from the 5.5 million consumed any other day. In addition, approximately $250 million is spent on beer in total on March 17 annually.

It’s important to plan ahead and determine what your sober ride home will be before your celebration begins. Whether that requires designating a sober driving, volunteering to be the sober driver, utilizing a taxi or rideshare app such as Uber or inviting friends to your home for the celebration and allowing them to stay the night, decide now how to ensure sober driving before St. Patrick’s Day.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is sponsoring a live Twitter chat on March 16 from 3-4 p.m. ET to help educate the public on the dangers of drunk driving. They will share startling statistics and will provide valuable information on drunk driving prevention. There will be experts available to answer any questions you might have.

Please help spread the word and encourage others to plan ahead to avoid buzzed driving. For more information on how ignition interlock devices can help prevent drunk driving, please call us today at (855) 531-5244.

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Drunk driving victims influence stricter laws

Posted on March 9th, 2016 / By Carly Flaws

Every day in America, 28 people die as a result of drunk driving traffic accidents. In addition, every two minutes, somebody is injured as a result of drunk driving (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). The grim reality is that many of the individuals killed or injured are not those that chose to drive impaired. Many times, they aren’t even passengers in the vehicle being operated by an impaired driver. They are sober, innocent drivers and passengers. Many times, they are children. They are sons and daughters. They are moms and dads. Grandparents.

These victims are not just another number. They aren’t just one of 28 unlucky ones that lost their lives due to drunk driving in any given day. They have stories and lives and a purpose. In many cases, their families have shared those stories and advocated enough to make a difference.

Leandra Rosado (New York)

Leandra Rosado was 11 years old when she was a passenger in a vehicle driven and crashed by a drunk driver. She did not Leandra Rosadosurvive. The vehicle was being driven by the mother of a friend of hers and was transporting seven young girls home for a sleepover.

Leandra’s father, Lenny Rosado, immediately responded by demanding that New York crack down on drunk driving laws. Leandra’s Law was passed on December 18, 2009 and makes it a felony to drive drunk with a child in your vehicle, according to criminaljustice.ny.gov. New York is one of 36 states with special child endangerment laws that toughen the charges against those that drive under the influence with a child in the vehicle.

Emma Longstreet (South Carolina)

Six-year-old Emma Longstreet was killed by a drunk driver on New Year’s Day in 2012. Emma was on the way to church with her family the morning their family van was struck by the drunk driver. Emma’s family established the Emma Longstreet Foundation to educate the public on the dangers of drunk driving.
Emma Longstreet
Two years following Emma’s death, the total number of people killed because of drunk driving in Lexington County (Emma’s hometown) dropped from 41 to 27.

On October 1, 2014, Emma’s Law became effective, due to persistent efforts by David Longstreet, Emma’s father. Emma’s Law requires first offenders with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .15 or higher to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle.

The Longstreet family continues to work diligently to educate young Americans on the severity of drunk driving.

Noah Leotta (Maryland)

Officer Noah Leotta, 24, was struck and killed by a drunk driver in December of 2015. Noah was working a special DUI Noah Leottaassignment the night of the crash and had pulled over and approached a different vehicle. As he was returning to his cruiser, he was hit by the drunk driver.

As quoted in the Washington Post, Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger was outraged and publically criticized Maryland’s drunk driving penalties. “Officer Leotta’s death is an absolutely tragic loss,” Manger said. “This young police officer, who is an example of what every cop should be, was killed by a man who decided to smoke some dope, drink for four hours and get behind the wheel of a car.” Leotta died, Manger said, “trying to prevent the exact crime that killed him.”

According to MADD, Noah’s death has renewed previous efforts in Maryland to pass a bill requiring ignition interlock devices for all convicted drunk drivers. MADD dedicated their 2016 Ignition Interlock report to Noah and all who have been victims of drunk driving.

Melanie Powell (Massachusetts)

Melanie Powell, 13, was killed by a repeat offense drunk driver on July 25, 2003. Melanie was one of 156 people killed by drunk Melanie Powelldrivers in Massachusetts that year. Melanie was walking home from the beach with two of her friends. After a quick stop at the local convenience store to load up on snacks for that night’s sleepover, the trio was on their way. As Melanie started crossing the street, she was struck by a drunk driver and was thrown over 100 feet. Those at the scene described the driver as “reeking of alcohol.”

On October 28, 2005, Melanie’s Law was passed. This law overhauls Massachusetts’ previously ineffective drunk driving laws. In 2003 when Melanie was killed, MADD gave the state of Massachusetts a letter grade of “F” for their drunk driving laws. At that time, Massachusetts was only one of five states without a law requiring ignition interlocks for repeat offenders.

Melanie’s Law created an ignition interlock program in the state and requires all multiple drunk driving offenders to install an ignition interlock device. According to massrmv.com, over 4,000 ignition interlock devices have been installed since the law took effect. According to Melanie’s parents, if the law saves just one life, it will all be worth it (southofboston.net).

Annie Rooney (Ohio)

Annie Rooney was 36 years old when she was killed by a drunk driver on July 4, 3013 in Chillicothe, Ohio. Annie was a star Annie Rooneyathlete and prosecuting attorney where she spent much of her practice prosecuting domestic violence and DUI cases. Annie was traveling home after borrowing a friend’s bicycle when a drunk driver crossed the center lane and struck her car.

The Rooney family has been fighting for over a year to strengthen Ohio’s drunk driving laws by requiring that ignition interlock devices be installed in vehicles of first-time drunk driving offenders. The bill has been pulled many times but was reintroduced in December of 2015. Half of the states in the United States require ignition interlock devices for first-time offenders. If passed, Ohio would become the 26th state to require interlocks for all drunk driving offenders.

“We would not like anyone to ever go through what we have gone through,” Annie’s father, Dr. Richard Rooney, said in a recent news report.

Ricci Branca (New Jersey)

Ricci Branca, 17, was riding bikes with some friends along Ocean Drive when he was struck and killed by a drunk driver. The boysRicci Branca
were riding single file and all suffered injuries. Ricci passed away on July 14, 2006, four days after the accident. He was an avid BMX bicyclist and enjoyed working on cars with his father.

Following Ricci’s death, the Branca family has fought tirelessly to strengthen drunk driving laws in the state.

“The one thing I promised him when he was lying in that trauma unit dying, was that I was never going to give up for him. I was never going to stop fighting to help prevent other families from going through this,” Sherri Branca, Ricci’s mother, said in a 2009 news article.

Ricci’s Law was signed into effect on this family’s kitchen table inside their home on January 14, 2010. The law requires first-time drunk driving offenders with a blood alcohol content above 0.15 to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicles. The family says this is only a start and they are committed to continuing working toward further strengthening those laws.

Ignition interlock devices save lives

The individuals featured above aren’t just more numbers added to the total of those who have lost their lives to drunk drivers. Their lives have made an impact and have influenced changes in drunk driving laws nationwide. Currently, only half of the states in the country have laws in place that require ignition interlock devices for all drunk driving offenders, so there is definitely progress to be made. As MADD highlights in their 2016 Ignition Interlock Report, states that have adapted these types of laws have seen huge decreases in alcohol-related traffic deaths.

To learn more about ignition interlock devices and how they can help protect against drunk driving, please call and speak to our state specialists at (855) 531-5244.

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Intoxalock opens new contact center in Arizona

Posted on February 26th, 2016 / By Carly Flaws

To better accommodate a rapidly growing customer base, Intoxalock has opened a new contact center in Arizona. This facility will add to the representatives available at peak times in their existing Iowa facility and will allow flexible staffing opportunities.Intoxalock new Arizona Contact Center

When surveyed, customer feedback was consistent in showing a desire to have more channels to communicate with Intoxalock. This new contact center will add additional customer service representatives that will be able to reach customers in a variety of different ways including eChat, e-mail, texting communications, phone conversations with low wait times and more.

“It is important that we are available to customers and are able to address concerns quickly. This new call center is an investment in our customers that we are happy to make,” Jason Schwickerath, Contact Center Director said.

Read the full press release.

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Iowa votes to weaken drunk driving laws – Take action now!

Posted on February 24th, 2016 / By Carly Flaws

Iowa roads are in danger of becoming a lot less safe if recent legislation to weaken Iowa’s drunk driving laws passes through the House of Representatives. The bill proposes the implementation of a 24/7 Sobriety Program that will ultimately replace ignition interlock device requirements for repeat drunk driving offenders.

What is the 24/7 Sobriety Program (Iowa House Bill 606)?

The program would require that convicted drunk drivers check in two times a day to provide a breath sample, instead of requiring them to use an ignition interlock device for a duration of time. This will prove to be just as effective as license suspension is for repeat offenders…not effective at all.Iowa take action

According to MADD studies, 50 to 75 percent of drunk driving offenders continue to drive even after losing their license. View more drunk driving statistics. Sadly, many repeat drunk drivers do so out of habit. Besides physically preventing them from starting their vehicles while intoxicated and taking the decision-making aspect out of their hands with an ignition interlock device, there is nothing that can be done to guarantee that they will not get behind the wheel after drinking.

Ignition interlock devices are effective in preventing drunk driving while allowing offenders to resume a normal life. They can still drive to work and transport their children around. 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.

Ignition interlock devices save lives

Data is consistent in showing a dramatic decrease in drunk driving deaths after a state enacts strict ignition interlock laws. Just last year, Iowa saw over 100 alcohol-related traffic fatalities and over 930 alcohol-related crash injuries. (MADD) Sadly, those numbers are rising every year. That number, however, could drastically be cut if ignition interlock devices became required for all Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) offenders.

“No other program can physically stop a would-be drunken driver from getting behind the wheel and threatening anyone in his or her path,” said Frank Harris, MADD’s director of state government affairs.

In MADD’s 2016 Ignition Interlock Report, 127,633 Iowa drunk drivers with a Breath Alcohol Concentration (BrAC) of .08 or above were prevented from starting their vehicles because of ignition interlock devices. In addition 595,473 Iowa drivers with a BrAC between .02 and .08 attempted to start their vehicles but were stopped by the ignition interlock device. Though not legally intoxicated, this shows the number of individuals willing to test the limits of drinking and driving.

Currently, 25 states require ignition interlock devices for all OWI offenders. Iowa is not one of them. Instead, Iowa is looking to remove the interlock requirement altogether, which undoubtedly will result in more alcohol-related traffic fatalities.

Iowa residents – take action now!

On MADD’s scale of what the most effective ignition interlock program would look like, Iowa’s laws are consistent with two of the five requirements. 40%. Iowa is failing. With so much room for improvement and so many lives to be saved, all Iowa residents must come together and take action to prevent this bill from passing.

To write to your state representative, follow these steps:

  1. Go to https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislators/find and locate your state representative by typing in your home address
  2. Click on your representative to obtain their e-mail address
  3. Write a personal e-mail opposing House Bill 606 (24/7 Program)
  4. Urge your family and friends to send their own letters – the more, the better

Take action today. Tomorrow might be too late. One letter could save lives. Help Iowa protect our parents, children, grandparents, friends and more. Many times, victims of drunk driving traffic fatalities end up being those that are innocent. Let’s work together to strengthen Iowa drunk driving laws and keep offenders off the roads.

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