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Policeman uses short film to highlight the impact of drunk driving

Posted on November 28th, 2017 / By Eliza Hamilton-Poore

When it comes to drunk driving, our law enforcement officials are the ones on the front lines. Police officers easily see how getting behind the wheel while under the influence can impact lives. impact of film

An officer’s solution

One officer in India has seen enough. Rakki Mahesh, aka C. Maheswaran, is an amateur filmmaker who has turned his lens towards the dangers of drunk driving. His most recent work focuses on the family of a man who crashed his car while drunk driving. By showing the man’s story instead of having it just turn into another statistic, Maheswaran highlights just how life-altering something like drunk driving can be.

The short film titled En Thangachikku Kalyanam is a 13-minute long look at the life of a man who crashed his car into a stationary semi while looking for his sister’s husband-to-be on the day of her wedding. The brother was made to drink by others around him before he got behind the wheel. The man suffered injuries and the film shows him going through surgeries; however, this wasn’t the only pain felt.

Changed lives

Because of the brother’s irresponsible drinking, the groom and his family decided to pull out of the wedding, citing the brother of the bride’s drinking problem as the reason. What started as a celebratory day quickly ended in broken bones and changed lives. His decision to get behind the wheel will continue to impact his and his family’s lives for years to come.

Other films

Maheswaran has several short films he’s created during his time as a police officer. All of his films center around issues that he’s seen while working. Currently, a shortened version of En Thangachikku Kalyanam is showing as a PSA in theaters in India. Hopefully, the first-hand look he provides will help inspire others to think twice before drinking and driving.

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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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Missouri legislature voted to pass Bill that cuts DWI checkpoint funding to $1 per year

Posted on May 12th, 2017 / By Caitlin Lee

DWI Checkpoint

Governor Eric Greitens will decide if a proposed amendment that will eliminate DWI check points will become law. If signed by the governor, House Bill 4 will slash funding for checkpoints to just $1 per year. The new law would go into effect on August 28th, 2017. Currently, the budget for DWI checkpoints in Missouri is at $20 million per year.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides those funds to the Missouri Department of Transportation, which then splits up the funds for each respective budget.

The Bill’s author has argued that checkpoints are not as of an effective countermeasure to drunk driving due to social media. Some lawmakers view the checkpoints as invasions of privacy and a violation of constitutional right, saying they promote the notion of “guilty until proven innocent.”

Fitzpatrick said he thinks money should go toward saturation patrols which he said are designed to put more officers out on the streets as opposed to stopping more cars.”Saturation patrols are more effective and they get more drunk drivers without the inconvenience to people who are trying to get from a to b, and are getting caught up in the process,” Representative Fitzpatrick said in an article to KFVS news.

MADD and local Law enforcement officers disagree completely.

“Using the budget to eliminate a proven countermeasure against drunk driving is disgraceful,” MADD National President Colleen Sheehey-Church said in a statement released by MADD on May 3. “We know from peer-reviewed studies that sobriety checkpoints reduce drunk driving deaths by 20 percent by catching drunk drivers. Publicity about checkpoints on social media and in the news deters people from drinking and getting behind the wheel, because they know they will be caught.”

According to KSHB News, Christopher Mann, a member of the Mothers Against Drunk Driving board for directors also disagrees with the measure. “Not only is this a slap in the face of victims of drunk driving, this is a slap in the face for law enforcement. Law enforcement officers throughout the state should be outraged that the legislators are taking money away from them at this time.”

To follow the Bill’s status, visit the Missouri House website.



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MADD shows just how effective interlocks are

Posted on April 27th, 2017 / By Matthew Kenny

As we see in our day-to-day lives, drunk driving is still a problem that affects people throughout the entire nation. There have been numerous attempts to curb this tragic tendency with stricter license suspension laws, yet there still remains the gray area of drunk driving with a suspended license. This is where ignition interlocks come into play, to fill up this gray area and eliminate the combination of drinking and driving.

In a recent infographic posted by MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), this fact of ignition interlock devices succeeding where license suspensions fail is perfectly exemplified. With just a mere license suspension, there are zero obstacles a person must overcome to drink and get behind the wheel again.

MADD: License suspensions don’t prevent repeat offenses

As reported within the infographic, nearly 50-75% of convicted drunk drivers still drive on their suspended licenses, explaining the fact that one-third of first offenders repeat this dangerous offense.

In recent years, there have been large numbers reported of people being caught drunk driving on a suspended license. In 2009, California reported 43,000 people were caught drunk driving on suspended licenses. More recently, 17,000 were caught in Florida in 2012 and 2,000 in Wisconsin for all of 2014. The bottom line is, license suspensions do not eliminate the habit of drunk driving.

Ignition interlock devices are the most effective solution

On the other hand, with the implementation of an ignition interlock device, two important barriers are established to prevent drivers from drunk driving on a suspended license. The first obstacle is that before the car even starts a person must submit a breath test to see how much alcohol is within their system. If alcohol is actually detected and they fail multiple tests in a row, their car will enter into a lockout mode and the potential drunk driver will not be able to operate their car until it is taken out of lockout by the ignition interlock provider.

The second obstacle is the random retest, which requires the driver to resubmit random breath test while operating their car. This prevents drivers from passing their initial start-up test and drinking as they operate their vehicle. If a person fails or misses a retest multiple times, their car will enter into a lockout mode.

Their car will not shut off but it will beep and flash its lights, drawing attention to it and prompting the driver to get off the road. If no alcohol is detected for all of the breath samples the driver takes, the driver will be able to reach their destination in a safe and sober manner.

In this day and age of technology and information, we must look towards the facts to update our methods of preventing drunk driving. Antiquated license suspension laws are just not cutting it, and we must strive to provide better protection on the roads for our friends and family. Ignition interlocks are a proven method of providing this protection while allowing those who made the mistake of drunk driving to still live their everyday lives.

To see the infographic mentioned in this article, and to see how to demand ignition interlock laws in your area, please visit MADD’s website.

If you are interested in obtaining an ignition interlock device or mandated to have one by a court order, learn more about why you should choose Intoxalock as your ignition interlock provider.

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Don’t rely on luck alone this St. Patrick’s Day

Posted on March 17th, 2017 / By Caitlin Lee

NITSA St Patrick's Day Statistics

Today is St. Patrick’s Day and everyone is busy making plans for the holiday festivities, green beer included. March 17th is notoriously known as a deadly day in the United States, as we continue to see a spike in drunk-driving fatalities. Whether your plans include going to the local pub, a parade or celebrating with friends, don’t rely on luck alone this year; Plan ahead and designate a sober driver to get you home safely.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 252 people lost their lives in drunken driving-related crashes during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday period from 2011-2015. More than a fourth of them were killed in drunk-driving crashes that occurred in the early morning, post-party hours — midnight to 5:59 a.m.

Let’s do our part to make 2017 different.

  • NOW: Even if you don’t have plans yet, plan to drive sober or designate someone else to. Save the number of a taxi company in your phone so you always have a backup plan. Download a ride sharing app to make finding a way home even easier.
  • WHEN YOU MAKE PLANS: A sober driver is an essential part of any party plan. Once you know where you’ll celebrate, decide whether you’re drinking or driving. You can only choose one.
  • ON ST. PATRICK’S DAY: Before you take your first sip of green beer, leave your keys at home or give them to a friend. If you’re the designated driver, don’t drink. Enjoy non-alcoholic beverages and brag about your VIP (very important partygoer) status online using the hashtag #designateddriver. Only drive sober or ride with a sober driver.
  • EVERY DAY: If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, take an Uber or use public transportation to get home safely. If you know people who are about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely. Help those around you be responsible too.

NHTSA and Intoxalock want to remind you once again that Buzzed Driving is Drunk Drivingdrive sober. For more information on buzzed driving, visit

If you or someone you know is interested in installing an ignition interlock device to prevent drunk driving or to regain a driver’s license, Intoxalock can help. Give us a call today at (855)-531-5244.

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Star Wars premiere launches drunk driving ads

Posted on December 18th, 2015 / By Carly Flaws

Every year, the National Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) launches an anti-drunk driving campaign, Get Sober or Get Pulled Over, during the Holiday season. This year’s campaign runs from December 16 to January 2.

NHTSA partners with local law enforcement across the country to crack down on drunk driving. All too often, the holidays turn deadly with an increase in people getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol at celebrations and holiday parties.

This year, NHTSA will be using the most anticipated movie release of the year, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” to publicize their anti-drunk driving campaign. New NHTSA ads highlighting the dangers of drunk driving will be shown before screenings of the new movie on thousands of screens nationwide.

The new ads illustrate that you cannot trust your own judgement once you’ve consumed alcohol. They stress the importance of making a plan ahead of time to travel safely with a sober driver. Certain resources, including Uber and NHTSA’s SaferRide app are available to help connect you with a sober driver.

In the time it takes to sit through a movie of average length (about two hours), two Americans will die in drunk driving tragedies, according to In 2014, almost 10,000 people died in drunk driving fatalities.

More than 10,000 police departments join in on this drunk driving traffic crackdown during the holidays, according to Many departments will set up sober checkpoints and will have extra officers monitoring the roads to help keep drunk drivers off the roads.

Eliminate the possibility of ruining your holidays by getting caught driving drunk, or worse, getting into an alcohol related accident by designating a sober driver ahead of time. May the force be with you and may your holidays be safe!

If you or somebody you know is in need of an ignition interlock device, please call us today at (855) 531-5244. Ask about how voluntarily installing an ignition interlock device can help keep your family safe.

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Interlocks: the best solution for preventing drunk driving

Posted on November 11th, 2015 / By Brad Fralick

Recently Wisconsin media published statistics that showed that repeat drunk driving arrest rates are steady or have increased in some locations.  Supporting facts said that the state was not doing enough to combat drunk driving.  Wisconsin is still the only state in which a first offense is not a criminal offense, so if those supporting facts were only talking about first offenders, the media would have a point.

Interlocks prevent repeat drunk driving

Studies show ignition interlock devices are more effective than license suspensions in preventing repeat drunk driving offenses.

But they were not. They were talking about repeat offenders.

The most effective way to reduce drunk driving arrests is to not have your officers arrest these drivers.  Underlying all of this is the fact that there is a large population of repeat drunk drivers without legal driving privileges.   Law enforcement can enforce the laws, or not.  I would rather have big arrest numbers than the alternative.

The real key to denting these numbers is to prevent these repeat offenses.  That is where interlocks come in.   Drunk driving is an unusual crime in that there is a technological solution that can stop the crime cold.  We applaud Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) for stepping in and inserting logic into an unfortunate response to these statistics.

Not long after the statistics were released, a proposal surfaced to eliminate all legal driving privileges for 5-time OWI offenders.  These people are unlikely to abide by this law since they have a track record of routinely getting behind the wheel when they shouldn’t be driving be in the first place.

MADD stood up and said that although the proposal seems good, it will not stop the carnage.  They suggested putting interlocks on these offenders for 10 years to completely prevent drunk driving.  The way to stop a drunk driver is to take away his ability to commit the crime.  Interlocks do that.  License suspensions don’t.


Content provided by Brad Fralick, Intoxalock’s Director of Government Relations.

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