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Barry Saunders is the founder and owner of QuickStartAZ.com. QuickStart Ignition Interlock AZ is the premier ADOT certified provider for your Ignition Interlock Device. As Arizona’s exclusive INTERLOCKCUP PROVIDER, his clients can avoid the embarrassment of an interlock device.

5 FAQs About Car Breathalyzers

car breathalyzerYou may have heard of a car breathalyzer before, but maybe you are not sure how it works, why people need one, what to do if you have one, etc. You might even have more questions if you are the one who needs a car breathalyzer. Here are some frequently asked questions about car breathalyzers that should clear things up.

What is a car breathalyzer?

A car breathalyzer, otherwise known as an ignition interlock device, is a device that gets installed into the vehicle of someone who was convicted of a DUI/DWI. The device prevents the driver from starting the engine of the car after drinking alcohol. The driver blows into the device, and if it detects alcohol, the car will not start. The device will often ask for period retests even after the car has been started.

Are car breathalyzers actually effective?

The short answer is yes. Ignition interlock devices work very well at decreasing the number of drunk drivers on the road. In fact, once installed, interlocks are associated with roughly a 70% reduction in arrest rates for impaired drivers. With the goal of the interlock system being public safety and a decrease in impaired driving, it is relatively obvious that the device works.

What happens if the driver fails the test?

Sometimes, the driver of the car will blow into the breathalyzer and fail because their BAC was high enough to be detected. In that case, the interlock will temporarily shut down for a few minutes for the first failed test. If the driver fails again, the lockout period grows longer. A fail can happen even if the driver just used mouthwash and did not actually consume alcohol, so the lockout period allows time for the alcohol to dissipate.

Can someone else drive my car?

There is no problem with other people driving a car with an interlock device installed. However, they will need to blow into the device and be trained to use it properly. The owner of the car will still be responsible for any violations or test fails that show up on the device.

I submitted a sample, but my car still won’t start. Why?

As stated previously, the device may have detected alcohol in your breath from mouthwash or other common substances that contain alcohol. Rinse out your mouth and try again. If the device still will not work, it may be locked out or malfunctioning. At this point, you should call your service provider to have the device serviced and tested.

Most car breathalyzer regulations vary by state and/or the severity of the conviction. Remember that the device is installed to make you and other drivers safer. For more questions, give us a call today.

3 Ways to Avoid Drinking and Driving During Any Occasion

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As much as we don’t like to think that it happens, drinking and driving does occur. Parties and special occasions come up, and you want to have a good time, so you pop open a few beers. Before you know it it’s time to go and you feel fine, so you hop in the car and drive home. Unfortunately, this puts you and many others at risk.

On a daily basis in the United States, 28 people are killed as a result of drunk driving. This is especially shocking because these deaths are extremely preventable. Drinking and driving is not an inevitable tragedy. There are several effective ways to avoid this harmful behavior. Here are three of those to follow so you can help put a stop to drinking and driving.

Leave Your Keys With a Trusted Friend

If you already know you’re going to be drinking at a party, bar, or wherever, then you should make sure you’ve given your keys to someone you can trust. A good friend will not let you get behind the wheel of your car when you have been drinking. The only person who should have access to any vehicle’s car keys is the designated driver.

Download the Uber App

Uber is the modern day taxi service, where users can summon a ride right from their phones. Before a night of fun and drinking ensues, download the app, create your account, upload your payment information, and have everything ready to go. This way, when you’ve already had a few drinks, the choice will be easy and the steps required are already completed.

Get an Ignition Interlock Device

Interlock devices are designed like mini breathalyzers in vehicles. They require the driver to blow into the device to check their BAC levels before the engine can start. If the driver has any alcohol in their system, even if it’s not over the legal limit, the car will not start. This may be the safest way to stop yourself from driving your car after you’ve been drinking.

Drinking and driving is a serious issue. Luckily, there are steps to take to avoid this harmful behavior. Give someone that you trust your keys, make sure Uber is on your phone, and get an interlock device in your vehicle. You will be safe and sound all year round with these tricks.

Got a DUI? Here’s What to Expect with Your Interlock Device

interlock cupDriving while intoxicated happens more often than we as a nation would like to admit. While this is the case, we are actually getting better at dealing with and preventing this kind of reckless driving.

If you or someone you know has been convicted of driving under the influence, the law takes many precautions to ensure that it won’t happen again. Sometimes classes are required in order to re-obtain a suspended license. Sometimes a restricted license will be given to the offender, limiting when they are allowed to drive. More likely than not, an interlock device is installed in the offender’s vehicle. Interlocks actually help decrease the number of repeat offenders, and this is true even after the device is removed. About 39% of people do not get a second DUI compared to those who never got an interlock installed in their vehicle.

How Does It Work?
The main purpose of an ignition interlock device is to prevent the driver from operating the vehicle while they are inebriated. The device is basically like a built-in breathalyzer. The driver must blow into the device, and if the device detects any alcohol in the system, it will not allow the car to start.

Services
Depending on the state, most interlock systems require regular service to be done by a certified company. Usually on a monthly basis, the vehicle will need to be taken into a service center so that the device can be inspected, repaired, and whatever else is mandated by the state.

Disguising Your Device
No one is proud of having an interlock device in their vehicle. Fortunately, you can hide your device from passengers with an interlock cup. The device goes inside the interlock cup to make it look like a regular to-go cup. When you use the device, it just looks like you are putting your mouth on the straw of your to-go cup. This device can sit right in the cup holder of your vehicle, and no one will suspect a thing. Interlock cups come in many different designs so you can find one that is just right for you.

Getting a DUI can be scary. You have no idea what to expect, how to handle it, or what to do. Hopefully, this guide will ease your mind when it comes to dealing with a DUI.

Earning Your Life Back Through Your Ignition Interlock Device

DUI Recovery with a Ignition Interlock Device (IID)

DUI Recovery with a Ignition Interlock Device (IID)

In the United States, almost 30 people die everyday from car accidents caused directly by drunk driving. Drunk driving fatality rates have become so alarming that more states are joining Arizona in requiring mandatory installation of ignition interlock devices into vehicles of every convicted drunk driving offender. The ignition interlock device (IID) basically works like a Breathalyzer for your car.

The ignition interlock is just about the size of a cell phone and is placed on the car’s dashboard. Before the driver can start the engine, he or she must first exhale into the ignition interlock device. This gadget then analyzes the breath-alcohol concentration (BrAC) and calculates the equivalent blood alcohol concentration (BAC). Should the blood-alcohol concentration of the driver be higher than the legal breath-alcohol concentration limit, the ignition interlock will prevent the vehicle from starting.

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Judge Rules DUI Tests in Scottsdale, AZ to be Unreliable.

Ignition Interlock AZA Maricopa County Superior Court Judge’s ruling this week could affect hundreds of current DUI cases in Scottsdale, Arizona. Blood evidence could possibly be thrown out after the accuracy of blood-testing equipment for Blood alcohol content (BAC)  in the Scottsdale Police Department’s crime lab was called “unreliable” & “inaccurate”. Defence attorneys have called the crime lab staff  untrustworthy and misleading in their testimony. Court documents have been recently released showing the Scottsdale Police Department have known about these troubling  issues for over three years.

The judge’s ruling states:

“Given the errors or problems, and the refusal to determine the why or the basis for them, significant questions arise as to the reliability and confidence in this gas chromatography instrument. Although there are policies and procedures that purport to act as safeguards, it is apparent that they haven’t been sufficient.”

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MADD Pushes for Ignition Interlock Devices for First Time DUI Offenders

MADD Supports Arizona's Ignition Interlock Laws

MADD Supports Ignition Interlock Laws

Drunk driving has had a very destructive toll in Arizona and the rest of the U.S. wherein almost 30 people die on a daily basis due to drunk driving or driving under the influence. In other words, this means that there is a person killed every 48 minutes in any given day. This is not counting the destruction and injury these accidents bring on innocent drivers as well as their passengers. The destruction doesn’t just affect people in other cars but pedestrians as well. A vehicle may sway to a heavy populated location which could cause numerous people to be injured, along with the ensuing fatalities from the aftermath of the collision.

MADD Fights for Ignition Interlock Laws

Mothers Against Drunk Driving or MADD is a nonprofit organization in the United States that was formed in California in the year 1980 by Candice Lightner after she lost her 13 year old daughter to an accident involving a drunk driver. MADD is one of the largest victims-service organizations in the United States that supports victims of drunk and drugged-driving accidents as well the survivors at no charge. The vision of MADD is to stop drunk-driving by providing better education to minors as well as to support the victims who have suffered from accidents caused by drunk drivers. [Read more…]

Arizona’s Ignition Interlock Devices Reduce Recidivism Rates

Recidivism Rates Reduced by Ignition Interlock Devices in AZ and nation wide

Recidivism Rates Reduced by Ignition Interlock Devices

Whenever you come across a terrible drunk driving tragedy that involve people in a car accident, often times they involve drivers who have been multi-DUI offenders with abnormally high blood-alcohol levels. These people who are intoxicated way beyond the levels suitable to drive, are those who fall asleep on the wheel, swerve maniacally, and who stop blatantly anywhere. These are people who have endangered many people’s lives and may have taken a few of those lives in the process.

Like many of today’s offenses against the law, DUI is an offense that does not seem to put the fear of risking road accidents in people. This is made evident by the number of repeat offenders who get caught on a regular basis. These people have been a big cause of many accidents that occur in the different roads and highways all over the United States. Some accidents have taken the lives of many innocent drivers and passengers that have had the misfortune of driving at the same time and on the same roads with these drunken offenders. It is a reported fact that in a day, there is an average of 2.2 people who repeat the offense of DUI or driving under the influence. [Read more…]

What Is a DUI Ignition Interlock Arizona Device?

Quickstart Ignition Interlock AZ Monitech Devices

Quickstart Ignition Interlock AZ Monitech Devices

In Arizona, driving under the influence (DUI) has cost a lot of people their lives in driving in highways, roads, side roads, etc. It has been one of the biggest issues in road safety all across the United States. The government has produced a solution to lessening the risk of road accidents by installing a device in the cars of people who have been caught driving under the influence. This device acts to lessen the chances of accidents on the road by preventing people who have had alcohol to use their cars to travel. This device is called the DUI Ignition Interlock Device.

The ignition interlock device (IID) consists of several components or features. It has a sampling headset that fits in your palm and slightly resembles a 90’s car phone. The sampling headset has a sanitary mouthpieces that inserted in the top of the handset and are easily replaceable. The device has a coiled cable that connects the handset to a relay module that is mounted underneath the dashboard of your car or the engine compartment. [Read more…]

Tougher State DUI Penalties Reduces Fatalities

Tougher State DUI Penalties with Ignition Interlocks Reduces Fatalities

Tougher State DUI Penalties Reduces Fatalities

So many lives have been lost due to accidents caused by drivers who were intoxicated or driving under the influence. Those people who perished in these accidents left behind families who love them unconditionally and did not deserve to suffer because of another person’s lack of responsibility or consideration. My home state of Arizona had 215 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities in 2011. That is four avoidable drunk driving deaths each week.

For those who have survived accidents, their lives have never been the same as the accidents may have done permanent physical harm, wherein they may never walk again or worse.

Drunk driving or DUI is a serious offense that many people commit. A lot of them are return offenders that show a disdain for the rules and regulations of the road. What they completely forget about is that every time they drive under the influence, they risk harming innocent people who are just trying to get from point A to point B safely. [Read more…]

Arizona’s Ignition Interlock Laws Impact DUI Offenders

Arizona's Ignition Interlock Laws

An Ignition Interlock Device is a monitor device that prevents people from driving a car under the influence of drinking. This is a device that is mandatory for people to have in their vehicles when they have been suspended for driving under the influence of alcohol. When your license is suspended for a DUI offense, you will have to buy this device from a manufacturing company that will be in charge of monitoring the driving habits of the person suspended from driving. If the suspended driver fails the breath analyzer, the manufacturing company has an obligation to tell the motor vehicle department as far as a “hit” or an infringement when a driver consumes alcohol and the interlock device recognizes the substance on his or her breath. The motor vehicle department’s responsibility is to oversee and ensure that drivers have it in their cars and are using it properly for the time frame that their sentence depicts. [Read more…]

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