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Colorado BACtrack app put out in an attempt to reduce drunken driving

Posted on September 15th, 2017 / By Melanie Vespestad

Data has shown that about 40 percent of DUI’s in Colorado involve people who have previously been convicted of a DUI.

Colorado BAC Track | Intoxalock

What does this mean?

It’s time for a change, and the Colorado Department of Transportation wants to take action. Their goal is to help previous offenders understand their level of impairment from the alcohol they are drinking so that they can make informed decisions about whether it’s okay to get behind the wheel, or if they should choose an alternate form of transportation.

Those who choose to participate in this study will receive a BACtrack Mobile Pro. This device is a portable breathalyzer that can connect to a cell phone application. The app has several different features that could be helpful to those who have been drinking alcohol in public. First, when you blow into the portable breathalyzer, the application will report the blood alcohol level so that the participant knows if they are above or below the legal limit to be able to drive after consumption. The other features can be used after the BAC is tracked. The app estimates how long it will take for the participant’s BAC to return to zero, but it also will allow the user to request an Uber ride.

They believe that if Colorado residents have the knowledge of their BAC level combined with how they feel at that moment will help them make better, more informed decisions later on when they choose to drink in public. With the additional features, a person could have a fair estimate of how long they would need to stay at their current location without drinking before they would be able to drive home unimpaired by alcohol.

Although this app can help participants to get a better grasp of their impairment after each drink, this app cannot do anything to stop their decision making. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that the app will stop them from driving drunk again.  The only truly effective way to stop previous offenders from again drinking and driving is an ignition interlock device, or car breathalyzer. A car breathalyzer keeps a person from driving drunk by calculating the amount of alcohol that is in a driver’s breath. After the Breath Alcohol Concentration (BrAC) is processed, if the BrAC is too high, even if it is under the legal limit, the vehicle will not start because the IID is connected to the vehicle’s starter.

Even though people are continuing to create other apps that help with sharing rides and encouraging positive choices after a night of consuming alcohol, an ignition interlock device is the only thing stopping someone from making foolish decisions once they get into a vehicle. Intoxalock stresses the importance of using interlocks to make driving with the presence of alcohol impossible.

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Teens test their app against the rideshare competition to stop drunk driving

Posted on June 22nd, 2017 / By Melanie Vespestad

Recently, there’s been a spike within the rideshare competition. With each company coming up with strategic marketing campaigns and reaching out to cover new cities, you’d think our drunk driving dilemma would no longer be of concern. But that’s not the case.

The problem? People don’t want to leave their car at a bar overnight, even if they’re in no state to drive it home. Unless the driver has an ignition interlock installed, there is no mechanism in place to stop these people from “taking their chances” and driving drunk.

A new smartphone app could be joining big names such as Lyft and Uber within the rideshare world. However, this one has a different concept. According to KDVR News, Leave No Car Behind, co-founded by Colorado teenagers Beck Halbeisen and Vinny Rowe, is designed with the main intent being to get the car as well as the owner home safely after a night of drinking.

Similar to the goal of Intoxalock, Leave No Car Behind aims to prevent drunk driving incidents. According to KDVR, Halbeisen and Rowe aim to connect those who have been drinking with two other people who are sober. The idea is that one person can drive the drunk driver home while the other follows and picks them up.

The idea stemmed from the observation that after a night out drinking, many people will understand that they have had too much to drink and shouldn’t drive, but most aren’t willing to leave their car behind when heading home for the night. They see leaving their vehicle at a bar as more of a next-day convenience rather than a much needed safety precaution.

Since the teens behind the concept aren’t old enough to actually get into bars, they’ve been greeted with a lot of strange looks and remarks when they go to pick up an intoxicated customer. However, the app is still doing its job to get both the car and the consumer home safely.

Although the idea has been met with some criticism, Halbeisen and Rowe will continue to seek investors with the goal of expanding their reach outside of Colorado and into other areas nationwide.

These teens, as well as many other across the country, are fighting to make a difference. It’s exciting to see more and more people who can influence future laws. Those who care and fight for stricter laws against drunk driving offenses can make a difference. It’s been found that those who are speaking with legislators are making a difference, as you can read in our recent blog post about Arizona tightening its legislation in regards to ignition interlocks.

Together we can accomplish more in the fight for safe and responsible driving. To learn more about how Intoxalock can help prevent people from driving after drinking, call us today at (855) 531-5244.

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