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Wisconsin lawmakers propose a first-time offender ignition interlock law for drunk drivers

Posted on December 15th, 2017 / By Eliza Hamilton-Poore

On Wednesday, December 13th, two Milwaukee lawmakers introduced legislation to make ignition interlock devices a requirement for all DUI offenders looking to regain their licenses. Currently in Wisconsin only repeat offenders or first-time offenders with a blood alcohol content of .15 or higher are required to have an ignition interlock (IID). With the new legislation, all drunk driving offenders would have to have an IID installed in their vehicle for at least a year.

By having a first offender requirement in place, advocates and supporters of the bill hope to see a decrease in repeat drunk driving offenses. Presently 40 percent first-time offenders in Wisconsin end up becoming repeat offenders.Wisconsin law

Other Wisconsin Ignition Interlock Legislation

This bill follows another recent ignition interlock bill that Gov. Scott Walker signed into law last week. That law focused on closing a loophole that allowed offenders to borrow family and friend’s cars that didn’t have an IID installed.

MADD and Intoxalock React

After the announcement of the proposed law was made on Wednesday, MADD and Intoxalock were present to talk about the importance of preventative legislation, and also how IIDs work. Intoxalock’s Representative Skylar Roder was there to demonstrate how to use an IID and to highlight the importance of responsible driving. Roder’s full demonstration can be found on MADD’s Facebook page here.

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Consequences of Driving with a Suspended License

Posted on December 7th, 2017 / By Eliza Hamilton-Poore

Driving with a suspended license is a serious offense, but with three out of four drunk drivers still driving with one, what are the actual consequences? That question is more complicated to answer than you may think. Just as each state is responsible for creating their own DUI laws, they are also responsible for the enforcement of those laws. A person driving with a suspended license in Maryland can have very different consequences than a person driving with one in Arizona. This can get confusing when trying to find answers for just your state. suspended license

Suspended license consequences in your state

To help make thing a little clearer, we have found a handy graph that lays out each state and their laws for driving with a suspended license from ignitioninterlockinfo.com. You can receive a downloadable PDF of the graph in your email by clicking here and filling out your email address.
No matter what state you’re in, the consequences are serious. If you do have a suspended license and are considering driving, we hope that you take the time to research how to regain that license legally. Many states require an ignition interlock device to do this. You can check our website at Intoxalock.com for up-to-date information on your state’s laws for regaining your license.

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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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Blackout Wednesday: Drive Safe this Thanksgiving Weekend

Posted on November 20th, 2017 / By Eliza Hamilton-Poore

Some holidays are known for binge drinking – St. Patrick’s Day, Independence Day, and Memorial Day all come to mind, but a new one is on the rise. Blackout Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, has become a favorite holiday for alcohol consumption.

Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving

NHTSA: Blackout Wednesday
With college students coming back for the holiday and working adults having the next day off, Thanksgiving Eve is a night of reunions and celebration. Unfortunately, the increase in binge drinking has also led to a rise in drunk driving and drunk driving deaths. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA, in the past five years over 800 people have died in drunk driving crashes over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. That’s one-third of the total number of fatalities over the holiday.

This Thanksgiving holiday period, remember to drink responsibly. Take the time to line up a designated driver, order a cab or rideshare, or just walk. Be safe and make it to Thanksgiving dinner.

Support Sober Driving

Looking for ways to help keep the roads safe this Thanksgiving? Support NHTSA’s awareness initiative by posting with the hashtags #ThanksgivingEve and #DriveSober.

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How DUI checkpoints work to keep you safe

Posted on October 23rd, 2017 / By Matthew Kenny

Intoxalock - DUI CheckpointsAs the year winds down and we find ourselves in the midst of the busiest holidays for traveling, we will likely see a variety of different sobriety checkpoints being performed across the nation. These checkpoints are performed in predetermined locations and allow law enforcement officers to stop vehicles to check whether drivers are impaired.

Effectiveness of checkpoints

Though not performed in every state of the United States, only 38 states currently conduct them, these checkpoints have been proven to decrease alcohol-related injuries and property damage, saving lives and money in various communities nationwide. In 2002, The Center for Disease Control and Prevention performed a systemic review of 11 sobriety checkpoint studies and quantified that these checkpoints reduce alcohol-related injuries and property damage by about 20 percent. More recently, in 2011, a study was performed that examined the exact effectiveness of 22 DUI checkpoints orchestrated over one year in 2011. The conclusion of this study found that the rate of impaired collisions in post-checkpoint periods was about 19 percent less than in the pre-checkpoint periods. Studies like the two referenced above are just two exemplars of the boon provided by these checkpoints.

Even the costs associated with these checkpoints hold positive returns to local communities. As mentioned in this sobriety checkpoint fact sheet released by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), research has shown that for every dollar invested in checkpoints, these communities save between $6 and $23 in costs from alcohol-related crashes.

With all the benefits these checkpoints provide, whether it be reducing driving impairment rates or saving money in alcohol-related crashes, it is hard to find a reason against performing DUI checkpoints in local communities. If you end up going through a DUI checkpoint in your immediate area and are asked to pull your vehicle over for inspection, remember all the positives listed above that they provide and how much safer the roads in that area are because of them.

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Choosing an ignition interlock provider should be easy

Posted on September 11th, 2017 / By Melanie Vespestad

If you’ve recently been convicted of a DUI offense, or if your client has, you might be looking into the many steps of the DUI process. It’s likely that one of these steps is helping a client regain their license through the installation of an ignition interlock device. Choosing an ignition interlock provider can seem like a daunting task, but with over 25 years of experience, Intoxalock has several specific benefits that we take pride in.

The easiest to use

Since 1992, Intoxalock has been providing ignition interlock devices throughout the country. Since the beginning, our goal has been to have our device display accurate readings and provide users with a quick and efficient process so that those who’ve received a DUI can get back onto the road quickly and easily. Unlike other providers in the ignition interlock industry, our company has never been de-certified in a state for any reason. We are reliable, and we are constantly working to keep our technology top notch. With options for both English and Spanish programming and an easy blow pattern, Intoxalock continues to provide new features that keep customers happy.

Affordable pricing

DUIs are expensive, but your IID shouldn’t be. For as little as $2.15 per day, you could be back to driving. Intoxalock also offers many different promotions, including financial assistance, free installation, first month free, and other discounts in states that apply. Our Intoxalock representatives are trained to help you find the lowest price available.

Thousands of locations

With more than 2500 locations within the United States, Intoxalock offers convenience throughout the installation and calibration process. Rather than driving hundreds of miles to get your vehicle outfitted, Intoxalock provides many great locations that keep the work on your vehicle close to home, expediting the overall process. We also offer mobile installation, which gives an installer the ability to come to a customer, as long as state regulations allow it. Flexible scheduling and appointment reminders make Intoxalock a convenient interlock provider. Intoxalock has an online account management platform, MyAccount, which helps customers make payments online and schedule their own calibrations. We also offer customer care, available 24/7 to help answer any questions.

Intoxalock’s goal is to help make the lives of our customers simple. We have more than 100,000 customers every year and continue to expand our reach by providing more than 2,500 convenient locations for IID installation. With a positive work ethic and a large network of service centers, Intoxalock has been helping DUI offenders for more than 25 years. To speak with a state specialist, please call (855)-531-5244, and they’ll help you understand how Intoxalock can help you regain your driving privileges soon.

 

 

 

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Using social media, drinking and driving prove to be a deadly combination

Posted on August 9th, 2017 / By Melanie Vespestad

The use of social media while drinking and driving again proves to be a deadly combination after four young women died within a four-day period.

Using Instagram and driving drunk

On Friday, July 21, Obdulia Sanchez, Jacqueline Sanchez Estrada and Manuela Seja were driving down the road, snapping pictures and talking. However, the driver, Sanchez was also creating a live Instagram video at the same time, taking her eyes off the road and her hands off the wheel.

What happened next was shocking to all the passengers. As Sanchez lost control, she over-corrected her wheel and ended up driving the car into a wire fence. The car had flipped, ejecting the two 14-year-old girls who weren’t wearing seatbelts in the back seat.

As Sanchez got out of the car and assessed the damage, she was still recording to her Instagram account. The video recorded shows her deceased sister lying on the ground behind her, as she exclaims her remorse for her actions. It was later discovered that Sanchez had been drinking before the crash, and her Blood Alcohol Concentration was .10 after the accident.

Drinking and driving

Another tragedy struck just a few days later when four women, Heather Camisa, Bianca Herwig, Paige Smith and Brooke Molnar, were involved in a crash in Bethel Park, PA as a result of drinking and driving in combination with the use of social media.

Nearly 10 minutes worth of Snapchat videos created by the young women show that they were drinking heavily at a bar, as well as in the vehicle that they were driving. Some of the video footage shows the driver, Smith, with a bottle of liquor between her legs while she operated the vehicle.

As early morning arrived, police reported that the vehicle they were driving in veered off the road and went directly into a utility pole. Smith, Camisa, and Herwig were pronounced dead at the scene, but Molnar was transported to a hospital in critical condition.

Although neither of these accidents was purposeful, the results were deadly. The alcohol that the drivers were drinking caused them to be impaired, allowing them to makeWith the rise of teens using social media, drinking and driving while using a phone has become more popular. out-of-character or rash decisions.  

Why this matters

As MADD said in their Facebook post about these accidents, “Stories like this highlight a disturbing trend of individuals bragging about drinking and driving on social media.”

Drunk driving is a serious matter, one that should never happen at all, let alone be publicized on through social media apps for hundreds to thousands of others to see. Although these are very sad incidents, we hope that people, especially teens, will learn from these women’s mistakes and choose to not operate a vehicle while drinking, using social media, or even worse, doing all at once.

Drunk driving while distracted by social media, texting and other technologies is the most deadly of evils our roads have ever seen. If ignition interlock devices are mandatory for all drunk driving offenders, regardless of the severity of the crime, we can cut down on some of these fatal accidents. While many states are making great strides in requiring interlocks for all drunk driving offenders, there is still progress to be made as a whole.

As Bethel Park police Chief Tim O’Conner said of the Pennsylvania situation, “We would stress to everyone that if you must drink, get a designated driver, make a phone call, have someone transport you even if you have to pay for it, party at home.There are options other than going out and trying to wheel yourself after consuming a considerable amount of alcohol.”

Intoxalock offers special pricing for the voluntary install of an ignition interlock devices. To learn more about how an ignition interlock device can help keep you or your loved ones safe on the road, call us today at (855) 531-5244.

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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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New Nevada law requires all DUI offenders to install an ignition interlock

Posted on June 16th, 2017 / By Melanie Vespestad

On Monday, June 12, Governor Brian Sandoval took steps to make roadways safer when he signed SB 259 into Nevada law.

The bill revises provisions that relate to driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If a driver has more than .08 blood alcohol concentration or has evidence of a controlled substance such as marijuana in their urine, police are required to revoke the driver’s license. Through the Nevada law, the state will require all who are convicted of a DUI to install an ignition interlock device.

Nevada is the second state this month to put an all-offender law in place. Earlier this month, Oklahoma’s governor recently signed an ignition interlock bill for all offenders.

The new Nevada law also changed the length of time that a person is required have the ignition interlock. Under the new law, drivers who have been arrested for a DUI are required to have an IID for no less than six months following the conviction unless otherwise determined by a judge. When ordered to install, they are required to install the device in less than 14 days.

To protect others and keep all drivers safe, our goal is to fight for every state to adopt an all-offender law. This is the 13th bill that refers to ignition interlocks, and Nevada is now the 30th state in the country that has an all-offender law within their books.

Effective October 1, 2018, this Nevada law will make roadways safer by requiring more than 1500 drivers annually to have an ignition interlock device, who previously might have been prone to driving while intoxicated.

This law is important for those fighting for safety on the roads, and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is very excited about another state choosing to pass an all-offender law.

“MADD is pleased to add Nevada to the growing list of states that recognize this common sense approach to keeping drunk drivers off the road,” said MADD National President Colleen Sheehey-Church. “We are up to 30 states and Washington, D.C., and we won’t stop until we get to all 50 states. MADD calls on states like Massachusetts, Florida, Michigan, New Jersey and Wisconsin to pass this lifesaving law.”

With special pricing discounts and a 24/7 bilingual customer service team, Intoxalock is committed to being the number one ignition interlock provider in the state of Nevada. Intoxalock currently has 16 certified installation locations in Nevada that help to make getting an IID install easy. If you’ve been convicted of a DUI and need an ignition interlock installed in Nevada, call us at (855) 531-5244 or fill out a quick start at Intoxalock.com. If you are an affiliate and are interested in learning more about how Intoxalock can help your clients, email us at Partners@Intoxalock.com. Our goal is to get you back on the road quickly and safely.

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Boating while intoxicated is illegal in all 50 states

Posted on May 26th, 2017 / By Melanie Vespestad

As Memorial Day approaches, it’ll be the first chance many have to get out and truly enjoy the beautiful spring weather before it gets too hot. And for most that have bodies of water near them, boating instantly becomes a part of the weekend plans.

However, it’s important to refresh yourself on state laws before going out onto the water for the first time this year. BAC levels differ per state, and the rules are also different depending on if you are operating a boat or driving a car. In Iowa, consuming alcohol on a boat is legal as long as the operator of the boat is not under the influence. Remember that if you plan on doing any other water activities such as water skiing or tubing, you may want to wait to consume any alcohol until after you are finished.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, there are many factors that can multiply the effects of alcohol when you are on the water. These can include the sun and its glare off the water, water movement and wind. When you are boating or operating a motor vehicle, alcohol can quickly diminish your ability to make good decisions and reduces your reaction time.  Also, most people spend fewer hours operating a boat than anything else, so lack of experience can also play a role in accidents on the water.

A 2006 study by the U.S. Coast Guard found that 22.6 percent of the Boating Accident Report Database’s fatalities in 2002-2003 mentioned alcohol or drugs as a contributing factor to the deaths and 35.8 percent had a mention of alcohol or drugs somewhere within the record. However, it’s important to understand that coast guard statistics doesn’t include smaller accidents that have occurred, which don’t need to be reported. It’s likely that there have been even more deaths related to alcohol that weren’t reported to the coast guard, therefore they aren’t included in statistics. Also, some accidents might not have been reported due to a lack of understanding of regulations by boaters.

Iowa laws regarding boating under the influence of alcohol

This law does not apply to only motor boats, but all boats, including canoes and smaller manually powered boats. In Iowa, here are the consequences of operating a boat while intoxicated, per the Iowa Department of Natural Resources:

In Iowa, refusing to submit to a breath test can be detrimental. If you do refuse, it can result in a $500 fine and a one year suspension of boat operating privileges. The laws become even stricter if you are a repeat offender. During a second offense, a refusal results in a $1,000 fine as well as suspension of boat operating privileges. Third-time offenders who refuse to submit to a breath test will receive a $2,000 fine and suspension of boat operating privileges.

In some states, receiving a BUI can result in jail time, and in others, it could also directly affect a person’s driver’s license privileges. In states such as California, your driver’s license could be suspended because of a BUI. In other states, if you already have a DUI and are on probation, this would count as an alcohol violation.

BAC content for boating

In the infographic, the orange states represent those in which receiving a BUI could affect their driver’s license or driving record. Blue colored states represent those who don’t have laws in which a BUI would affect a driver’s license. Most states have a “no tolerance” law for minors who choose to consume alcohol and then operate a vehicle. The BAC level listed within each state shows the minimum level required in order to get a BUI in that state.

So remember, as you’re planning your weekend activities, be careful with the decisions you make that involve alcohol. Choose to have a designated driver, whether it be on a boat or in a car. Don’t put yourself or others at risk while you’re having fun because it could result in you being behind bars before the weekend is over.

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