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Intoxalock’s 2017 summer legislative update

Posted on August 31st, 2017 / By Caitlin Lee

It has been a busy summer in the ignition interlock industry and Intoxalock is here to keep you up to speed on what’s happening in your state.

Intoxalock Legislative UpdateIn June, Texas House Bill 3016, legislation that will allow some first-time offenders to seal their criminal backgrounds was passed. The now dubbed, “Second Chance Law” will make it easier for individuals to apply for jobs if they have first-time and low-level offenses on their records by not requiring them to disclose their offense. The new law only allows for nondisclosure of a first-time DWI. It does not allow for an expungement of the individual’s record.

In July, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu signed into law House Bill 420, mandating an ignition interlock device for wet reckless charges. Sununu also signed into law House Bill 448, mandating compliance based monitoring for first offenders. This bill gives the Division of Motor Vehicles the power to extend a participant’s interlock period for violations of rolling retests, tampering and removing the device without permission.

This month, Oregon passed House Bill 2638, a Bill mirrored after Washington’s regulatory reform and GPS Bill. HB 2638 will create a new program to oversee the vendors and installers of ignition interlock devices to establish standards. The regulatory portion of this bill will take effect on or after July 1st, 2018 with the transfer of oversight from ODOT to OSP in the future.

Also in August, Pennsylvania began the implementation of HB 290 or Act 33, their new first offender law. First offenders with blood alcohol concentrations (BAC) over .10% now have the opportunity to immediately petition PennDOT for the Ignition Interlock Limited License, getting individuals back on the road safely and quickly. Second, third and subsequent offenders can also petition PennDOT for their Ignition Interlock Limited License (IILL), but will still have to serve a portion of their hard suspension.

If you are an attorney, monitoring authority, treatment facility, SR-22 insurance provider or court professional interested in partnering with Intoxalock, please reach out to us directly at Partners@Intoxalock.com.

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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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Arizona passes law to strengthen interlock program

Posted on May 25th, 2017 / By Carly Flaws

Arizona is taking steps to strengthening drunk driving and ignition interlock laws statewide. Earlier this week, Governor Doug Ducey signed SB 1150 into law, effective July 1, 2018. This will regulate Arizona’s ignition interlock device laws and processes and will make Arizona’s program one of the most cutting edge ones in the country. With best practices outlined in the new law, Arizona’s ignition interlock program will be an effective model for other states to replicate.Intoxalock ignition interlock device Arizona

The new law will require ignition interlock vendors and service centers to obtain specific insurance and will set vendor bond requirements. It will also implement jurisdiction requirements to ensure that the interlock providers in the state are committed to making the process convenient for Arizona drivers. Effective July 1, 2018, ignition interlock vendors will be required to have at least one installation location in every county throughout the state.

In addition, this law will allow the Department of Transportation to increase the time periods between required servicing of the interlock devices.

Perhaps the most important change this law will bring is the type of ignition interlock device that must be installed. Once effective, the new law will require ignition interlock devices to possess advanced technology capabilities that make interlock programs more effective and transparent. States that have implemented advanced technology requirements have seen dramatic decreases in the number of repeat drunk driving offenders and have seen drunk driving deaths fall.

“Arizona is taking huge steps in the right direction. Lives will be saved and the roads will be safer for everybody. We support advanced technology and a strict interlock program to maximize the effectiveness and believe that all states should make the changes Arizona is making,” Brad Fralick, Intoxalock Director of Government Relations said.

Intoxalock currently has 59 certified installation locations in Arizona. With 24/7 bilingual customer service, an easy-to-use device and special pricing discounts, Intoxalock is committed to being the interlock leader in the state.

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Teen drunk driving deaths spark a need for awareness

Posted on May 9th, 2017 / By Carly Flaws

Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens. Even more, a quarter of those crashes involve an underage drunk driver. (MADD) Teen drunk driving is an epidemic and it needs to be put in the spotlight to create awareness about the severity of it.

Florida residents and parents nationwide are mourning the deaths of two teenagers involved in a drunk driving crash over the weekend. A third teenager is still in the hospital recovering. The car veered off the road and slammed into a tree just minutes after the teens posted shocking video clips to social media, according to abcactionnews.com.

intoxalock teen drunk drivingIn the videos, the teens are showing off bottles of alcohol and are smoking. A sister of one of the teens posted the videos to social media in hopes that they would serve as a warning for other people. Ultimately, she hopes they will save lives. The video has been shared thousands of times and the family is requesting that others continue passing on the message.

“I hope the young ones coming up will make better choices.  It’s frightening.  It’s terrible.  It didn’t have to happen,” Beverly Stroup said. Stroup and her husband drove by the crash just minutes after it happened.

Ignition interlock devices can be critical tools to help prevent drunk driving by teens. Intoxalock offers special pricing on the voluntary installation of ignition interlock devices for young drivers 23 and under.  For less than $1 a day, parents can add an additional level of safety to their child’s vehicle and can actively separate drinking from driving.

The statistics surrounding teen drunk driving are startling. About one in seven teens binge drink and it’s been proven that kids who start drinking at a young age are seven times more likely to be in an alcohol-related crash. (MADD) Intoxalock is committed to helping prevent drunk driving and ignition interlock devices can be critical to preventing teens from starting a vehicle while intoxicated. Call us today at (855) 531-5244 to learn more about protecting your teens from drinking and driving.

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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 www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov.

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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[Press release] Intoxalock calls for stronger drunk driving legislation

Posted on February 21st, 2017 / By Carly Flaws

Intoxalock responded to a new study released by the National Safety Council last week by reinforcing the need for stricter drunk driving legislation nationwide.

Preliminary 2016 data from the National Safety Council shows a 6 percent increase in motor vehicle crash-related deaths over last year and a 14 percent increase over 2014.

“The number of DUI arrests has seen a dramatic decline over recent years and now we’re paying the price in increased traffic fatalities,” said Brad Fralick, Director of Government Relations for Intoxalock.

To keep roads as safe as possible, Intoxalock urges states to implement programs that are as effective as possible. Ignition interlock devices should be required for all drunk driving offenders, even first offenders. Standing alone, license suspensions are not effective at preventing drunk drivers from getting behind the wheel.

States should enforce a “compliance based removal” structure for interlock devices. With somebody monitoring the device activity, regaining a full driver’s license is based on complete compliance with the device requirements.

Read the full press release here.

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Florida is proposing harsher penalties for repeatedly refusing breath alcohol tests

Posted on February 17th, 2017 / By Carly Flaws

Currently, in the state of Florida, drivers who refuse to submit to a Breathalyzer test will face a 1-year suspension of their driver’s license. However, Senator David Simmons is proposing harsher penalties for refusals of breath tests during traffic stops.

Senator David Simmons (R)-Altamonte Springs presented a bill (SB918) that will look to strengthen penalties for those who repeatedly refuse tests for driving under the influence. Under the proposed bill, a motorist who refuses to submit to a breath, urine or blood sample when asked to do so by an officer would be fined between $500- $1,000, would receive four points on their license and would be put on probation for six months.

According to the proposal, individuals who refuse the test for the second time will be charged with a first-degree misdemeanor. This penalty could bring up to one year in jail and $1,000 in fines.
The motorist would also be required to pay for mandatory interlock devices to be installed on all their vehicles, including those jointly leased or owned, for up to one year, until qualifying for the restricted license.

Moreover, the proposed bill states that a judge will not have discretion on a case by case basis, each penalty must be employed.

NHTSA’s Initiatives to Address Impaired Driving (2003) identified that the increase of testing of crash-involved drivers is one of five priority infrastructure needs to combat the incidence of drunk driving. According to NHTSA, without accurate information on the BAC levels of drivers, the ability to identify the alcohol-crash problem is compromised. Better data allows for better identification of the problem, as well as discerning trends over time.

This is not the first bill involving DUI laws. Recently, the Legislature has also looked to tie boating under the influence conditions into penalties related to offender’s driving records, counting towards the total number of DUIs committed. This bill failed during the last session. Future initiatives also plan for a separate bill that will define the act of driving under the influence of Marijuana.

Intoxalock has over 65 installation locations in Florida and supports the proposal to strengthen breath test refusal laws in the state.

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Intoxalock supports interlock device accuracy

Posted on February 10th, 2017 / By Carly Flaws

Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio, who was convicted of driving while intoxicated (DWI) last August, is expected to argue that her interlock failed and caused her to have a false positive, according to a news story from a Rochester station.

Intoxalock’s Direct of Government Relations, Brad Fralick, explains just how accurate ignition interlock devices are and outlines how slim the likelihood is of the device actually failing.

“Ignition interlock devices are accurate to five thousandths of one percent (0.0005) to prevent false readings,” Fralick explained. Interlocks are designed to pick up on any source of alcohol so while there may be other explanations for what the device read, that doesn’t clear a potential violation.

To better illustrate how an interlock device works, Vinnie Coons of Vargas Auto Repair and Collision provided a demonstration. Coons is a certified installer of Intoxalock ignition interlock devices in the state of New York.

View the entire demonstration here

Coons starts the vehicle with no problems and when asked to provide a random retest, puts alcohol-based mouthwash in his mouth before providing the sample. His next breath sample is a failed one.

It was during a request for a random retest that Judge Astacio provided a breath sample that registered a breath alcohol concentration (BrAC) of .051. Even though this is under the legal limit, it was a condition of her sentence that she would not drink alcohol so Astacio was in violation.

Fralick explained how a contaminant like mouthwash will show different dissipation patterns in the users BrAC. With a contaminant, it would not take long to get a clean follow-up reading.

“Unlike a beverage that has to be metabolized, this evaporates quickly,” said Fralick.

Fralick goes on to explain that even if the result was a positive reading due to mouthwash, Judge Astacio won’t necessarily be left off the hook.

Records show Astactio’s daughter provided the initial breath sample needed to start the vehicle before the violation occurred. New York law would require the judge to shut off the vehicle and reactivate the interlock device before getting behind the wheel. According to prosecutors, this wasn’t done. Astacio will be back in court on March 3.

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3 out of 4 drunk driving offenders continue to drive with license suspension [infographic]

Posted on February 2nd, 2017 / By Carly Flaws

Intoxalock recently released an informational press release highlighting the successes of ignition interlock devices when compared to a license suspension after a drunk driving conviction.

Statistics provided by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) support Intoxalock’s belief that when a license suspension or revocation stands alone, it is not an effective deterrent to drunk driving. According to MADD, three out of four drunk driving offenders will continue to drive on a license suspension.

Ignition interlock devices are the only mechanism in place with the ability to prevent a vehicle from being started when the driver is intoxicated. Without interlocks, there is very little to stop drunk drivers from continuing to drive.

Further research shows that when people are asked to estimate their level of intoxication, those that were the most intoxicated were more likely to underestimate their BAC level. With just a suspended license, people are left to guess if they are “ok” to drive and most of the time, those that are most intoxicated are the ones that chance it.

Read the full press release here.

To order a free 11×17 poster of the infographic below, contact us at Partner@Intoxalock.com. Click image to see a larger version.

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Fans don’t let fans drive drunk this Super Bowl

Posted on February 1st, 2017 / By Carly Flaws

As Super Bowl LI quickly approaches, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is urging football fans to call the plays now: if you drink, don’t drive.

NHTSA will be hosting a Twitter chat on February 2nd, 2017 from 3-4 pm eastern, discussing Super Bowl party planning/hosting tips. Followers will have access to DUI stats, and will be able spread the word to help encourage fans not to drive drunk this Super Bowl Sunday.super-bowl-intoxalock

You’re invited to join in the discussion

Who: NHTSA and our team of experts

What: Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk Twitter Chat

When: Thursday, February 2, 2017, 3-4 p.m. ET

Where: www.twitter.com/NHTSAgov 

How: Follow the conversation using #DontDriveDrunk. Feel free to mention @NHTSAgov in any of your tweets and we will get back to as many questions and comments as we can! Remember to include #DontDriveDrunk in your comments so others can follow along the conversation, too.

Invite your friends, family, coworkers and followers to join in spreading the imperative message about designating a sober driver.

Other resources:

NHTSA’s SaferRide app will help keep drunk drivers off of the roads by allowing users to call a taxi or a friend and by identifying their location so they can be picked up. Download the app and start calling the plays today!

Also, apps like Uber and Lyft are available to help drivers get to and from the Super Bowl party safely.

 

Follow NHTSA on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with the latest recalls and safety campaigns

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