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4 Steps You Need to Take to Install Your Ignition Interlock Device

interlock cupWhen you get arrested and convicted of drinking and driving, it is likely that you will need to use an interlock device in the future. If you’ve never had one before, it can be difficult to understand what you need to do to get the device installed and working. Here are some basic things you need to do if you’ve been ordered to have an interlock device in your vehicle.

Ignition interlock installation

The first thing you need to do is find someone who will perform interlock installation for you. There will be a certified interlock provider in your area that can install the device in your vehicle. Your lawyer should be able to inform you of the closest service provider. Only certain providers are associated with the state and are certified to install and service interlock devices, so you need to make sure you go to one that is certified.

Take certification to the DMV

After you get your interlock device installed by someone who is authorized to do it, you need to obtain the certification of interlock installation. Then, you will take the certification to your local DMV or MVA. You also need to bring the temporary license you received on the night of your arrest. The DMV or MVA will give you your restricted license and officially start your ignition interlock program.

Educate yourself

Once your device is installed, you will have to learn how it works. You need to know the proper procedure to get the car to start, and what could cause the device to malfunction. You should be provided with most of this information when you get the device installed, but it never hurts to read up on it and get more information. This way, you can avoid unnecessary violations and potential extensions to your program.

Get an interlock cup

Finally, you can get yourself an interlock cup when everything is installed and ready to go. The interlock cup looks like a regular to-go cup, and it lets you be discrete about storing and using your interlock device. The cup can sit right in your cup holder and no one would know that it’s really a breathalyzer.

You may hate your device at first, but it actually helps you in the long run. Interlocks are associated with a 70% reduction in arrests for impaired driving after they’re installed. This device will not only help reduce your chance of an arrest, but it can also reduce your risk of being involved in a fatal car accident due to impaired driving.

3 Features of High Quality Car Breathalyzers

discreet breathalyzerNo matter how old you are, where you are coming from, or what’s going on in your life, you should never get behind the wheel after you’ve had a few alcoholic drinks. Unfortunately, people make mistakes and impaired drinking remains a massive problem across the country. In the majority of states, you can still be pulled over and arrested and convicted of DUI with a blood alcohol content (BAC) below 0.08%.

If you’re serious about never getting behind the wheel after drinking but have trouble staying away from alcohol altogether, there are some steps you could take. If you need professional counseling or medical help, there are experienced professionals that can help you. But if you want to take matters into your own hands, consider getting a high quality interlock inanition device or car breathalyzer to keep you from operating under the influence.

So what, exactly, makes a car breathalyzer or interlock device high quality? Here are some of the features you should look for in an excellent breathalyzer or ignition interlock device:

 

    • Discreet — You’re trying to protect yourself and others, but you may not want to put your ignition interlock device on display. There are extremely discreet breathalyzer devices that can do a great job of preventing you from operating a vehicle under the influence while maintaining your privacy. You don’t have to have a giant, invasive device; you can certainly use a discreet breathalyzer.

 

    • Interactive — High quality ignition devices come equipped with voice and text instructions, notification alerts, and can be programmed to speak in both English and Spanish. The text and graphic display is shown on a clear LCD screen, making the entire process both interactive and seamless.

 

    • Customizable — Not everyone has the same breath capacity. With quality breathalyzers, breath pressure sensitivity can be adjusted for individuals who have certain medical conditions like asthma, COPD, Emphysema, and more.

 

If you’re in need of a discreet breathalyzer or want to learn more about the benefits of equipping your vehicle with an ignition interlock device, give QuickStart Ignition InterLock a call today.

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.

You Got a DUI in Arizona: Now What? What You Need to Know About Ignition Interlock

car breathalyzerThe holiday season has just passed. However, many people are still throwing parties and celebrating. Sure, holiday parties are fun. Food, friends, and usually alcohol are just some of the fun things that are present at these holiday parties.

When alcohol is involved, unfortunately, mistakes happen. You got a DUI. It happens. Now you have to go to court. This can be very intimidating, especially for someone who has never gone through the process before. Here’s what you can expect to happen.

Restricted Driver’s License
According to the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), in the majority of DUI cases, the driver will receive a restricted driver’s license, instead of just suspending your license altogether. This means that the court will tell you when you can and cannot drive.

Most often, you will be able to drive back and forth to work from your place of residence. If you attend school or university, you will be allowed to drive to school and back from your residence. You can drive to your probation officer’s building, if that is applicable. The doctor’s office (or 12-step meetings) is also typically an approved location on a restricted driver’s license. Lastly, you will need to drive to a certified ignition interlock device service facility.

Car Breathalyzer
Having a car breathalyzer can be one of the scariest parts of getting a DUI. However, understanding these devices and how they work will help eliminate that fear. Depending on the results of your court case, the length of time that you will need an ignition interlock device will vary.

The function of the interlock device is to ensure that a driver cannot operate their vehicle if they have consumed alcohol. The way that the ignition interlock devices work is that the driver blows into the device before they can start the vehicle. If the driver blows a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over the pre-set level, usually around 0.02, the engine will not start.

In Arizona, these breathalyzers need to be installed by a state-approved company. Once the ignition interlock installation is complete, you will need to get your device serviced every 30 days for the first three months, according to ADOT. If you do not comply with the stipulations given to you by the court, then the time you need to have the ignition interlock device in your vehicle will be extended.

If you’re looking for an affordable, reliable, motor vehicle department approved company to provide all required services for your Arizona car breathalyzer, contact us today!

3 Alternatives to Drinking While Driving This Holiday Season

drinkingIt’s the holiday season, which means it’s also time for all those holiday parties. Of course, holiday parties can be fun. They involve a lot of great food, great company, and many of them even include alcohol (shocking, we know).

Sure, socially drinking those delicious holiday-themed cocktails with your family and friends seems like a good time. But, what happens after you’re done with the party and need to go home? You could take the risk and get behind the wheel, potentially causing harm to yourself or others, or you could go with a safer alternative. There are so many alternatives out there, so let’s take a look at a few.

Designated Driver
Probably the most common alternative is to have a designated driver for the night you’re going to be out drinking. In fact, if you’re feeling the Spirit of Christmas, you can even volunteer to be the designated driver yourself. This person will abstain from drinking, or only have one the entire night, to ensure that you and everyone else gets home safely. However, it’s important to be sure that even if you have a designated driver, you shouldn’t try to distract them as they’re making their way to the next location. Screaming at them and touching them can be extremely distracting, and if they get distracted, even if they are sober, there’s a chance a crash could occur.

Cabs Are Here!
If you can’t find yourself a designated driver, call someone who gets paid to soberly drive drunk people around for a living. Reach out to your local cab company or ride-sharing service for a ride home after you’re done with the party. Yes, it may cost you a few dollars, but taking a risk and driving yourself when you shouldn’t will most likely end up costing you way more than just those few dollars.

Stay the Night
If neither of the above options is a good choice for you, stay the night wherever you are. If you are at a house party, ask the homeowner if you can sleep on their floor or couch. If you are at a bar, walk to a nearby friend’s house and worry about your car in the morning.

Drinking and driving not only puts you at risk for getting hurt and hurting others, but it also puts you at risk of being charged with DWI. If you get charged with DWI, there’s a chance you will have to have an interlock device installed into your vehicle. Ignition interlocks help reduce repeat offenses even after the device is removed by 39%. This is compared to offenders who never installed an interlock. By the way, it will cost you a few dollars for interlock installation, so keep that in mind when calculating the true cost of drunk driving.

Instead of drinking and driving during the holiday party season, take a look at the few alternatives listed above. Stay safe, and keep others on the road with you safe as well.

Drinking and Driving Answers You Need to Know Now

ignition interlock installationDrinking and driving in the United States is against the law. Not only are you risking a crash while driving drunk, you’re risking the lives of other drivers who are sharing the road with you. There are many questions about drinking and driving that have some surprising answers. Let’s take a look at just a few of those answers that you need to know now.

What is Drunk Driving Considered Legally?

Often referred to as operating under the influence of liquor, drunk driving is considered driving when your blood alcohol content (BAC) renders you unable to make safe driving decisions. Driving with alcohol and drugs mixed into your system is also considered a drunk driving offense if you become physically impaired. If you do get pulled over under the suspicion of drunk driving, you may be asked to perform on an on-site breathalyzer test. If your BAC comes back above a certain threshold (check your state laws to confirm the amount) and it’s at or above what your state law allows, you will likely be charged with DWI or DUI.

What Should I Say if a Police Officer Pulls Me Over?

If an officer pulls you over and asks you if you’ve been drinking and driving, you are not required to answer any incriminating question. If you don’t know what to say, even if you haven’t been drinking, you are legally allowed to make a statement like, “I would like to speak with my lawyer before answering any questions.” However, refusal to take a breathalyzer test may still result in a ticket or a trip to the nearest police station.

Do You Need to be Drunk to be Charged with DWI?

A breathalyzer doesn’t care whether you’ve had two beers or 12. If your BAC reads above or near the legal threshold, you could be charged with a DUI. Even if you don’t feel like you’ve had eight beers in three hours, your blood alcohol level will certainly say differently. Always be conscious of that before you get behind the wheel.

If you have been charged with DWI or DUI in the past, there’s a chance that you have had to go through ignition interlock installation. If you’ve dealt with ignition interlock installation, that means you’ve had an ignition interlock device put into your car to tell if you’ve had too much to drink before driving. Almost all ignition interlock devices will make you perform a rolling retest five to 15 minutes after the vehicle is started. They will also ask you to perform one randomly throughout the trip.

If you’ve never been charged with a DWI but are considering taking the chance, just know that ignition interlock installation is expensive. And remember: you’re putting more than just one life in danger.

What Does a DUI Actually Cost You?

car breathalyzer costEach day, 28 people in the United States die due to a drunk driving crash. That’s 10,220 deaths per year. These deaths can easily be prevented by each person making the decision to find another ride if they’re too drunk to drive.

Not only can drinking and driving cost you your life or the life of someone else but driving drunk and being found guilty of DUI can cost you more than you could ever imagine. What else can getting a DUI cost you? Let’s take a look.

You May Lose Your License and Vehicle
When you are pulled over and asked to take a sobriety test, you may choose to accept or deny the request. If you deny, or if you are found to be drunk, you will be taken to the police station until someone is able to pick you up, or until you sober up. If you choose to take the test and you fail, your car may be impounded for a certain number of days. Getting your car out will most likely cost you a hefty price. If your car isn’t impounded, there is a chance that your license will be temporarily suspended.

Your Business Will Be Public Knowledge
If you are charged with DUI, the police report regarding the incident will be available to the public. Most DUI police reports are sent to local media. If a crash was the outcome of the DUI, a news station is most likely to post it on their website and talk about it on air.

Lawyers Will Cost You an Arm and a Leg
If you are charged with the crime, you may choose to have a DUI attorney or lawyer on your side during the court date and throughout the whole process. The price of a DUI lawyer isn’t cheap. You will have to pay them for their time to help you win the case and be found not guilty.

Any Vehicle Damages Must Be Paid for
If you drink and drive and get into a crash, there is a good chance that the vehicle you were driving is damaged. Your insurance may not cover the damages, so that might be something you have to cover out-of-pocket.

So, what if you think you’re okay to drive? How can you be sure? There is one thing you can do.

Use a Breathalyzer
If you want to be sure that you’re under the legal alcohol limit and are okay to drive, you can do a breathalyzer test. You can buy yourself a discreet breathalyzer that you can keep on hand to check your BAC when needed. That way of checking is a lot easier than getting a DUI and having to drive with an interlock device.

What to Do if You Need an Interlock Device
An interlock device forces you to breathe into a tube attached to your car to make sure that if you are driving, you are not drunk. The vehicle won’t start unless you blow into the spout. The ignition interlock device is attached directly to your steering wheel, but there are also other places in your vehicle where the breathalyzer may be.

If you do have to use an interlock device in your vehicle but are embarrassed about people seeing, there are ways to hide it. You may get yourself an interlock cup, which covers the device with a fake plastic drinking cup. Using this makes it look like you have a cup in your cupholder instead of a car breathalyzer.

A car breathalyzer costs anywhere between $500 to $1,500. The installation for a car breathalyzer costs about $200 and about $60 every three months for updates and repairs. Ultimately, a car breathalyzer costs just about $2,000. That’s $2,000 that could have been saved by not drinking and driving.

Drinking and driving can cost you a lot of money. After the lawyer fees, the car breathalyzer cost, and the publicity, is it really worth it?

Arizona Leads the Nation in DUI Laws

interlock deviceAccording to a new survey by personal finance website WalletHub, Arizona was once again named the toughest state when it comes to DUI. It’s no surprise that drunk driving is a national epidemic, especially considering 28 people die each day as a result of drunk driving-related crashes. But what is surprising is the wide degree of variation between how states handle drunk driving cases.

The survey was broken down into two separate rankings: criminal penalties and prevention. In the first category, Arizona was also ranked as first in the country, followed by Georgia in second and Alaska in third.

Additionally, Arizona ranked as the second strongest state when it comes to prevention of drunk driving, tied with Utah and coming in only after Arkansas.

While Arizona’s first place finish is impressive, it’s the consistency of the state’s efforts against drunk driving that make it truly admirable. Arizona is the only state that ranks highly in both criminal penalties and preventative measures.

Many other states tend to rank higher in a single category. Arkansas, for example, might come in ahead of Arizona for preventative measures, but it comes in at 48th place for preventative measures, dropping the state down to 22nd place.

In fact, Arizona is so far ahead of the rest of the United States that it finishes almost 15% ahead of Georgia, the next nearest state, and nearly 65% ahead of South Dakota, the lowest scoring state.

In order to judge the strength of the penalties, the survey compared metrics including jail time, fines, and whether or not additional penalties were added for more extreme levels of blood alcohol content (BAC). Other important considerations included whether or not endangering a child was a consideration in the criminal proceedings.

In order to determine the prevention measures, the survey’s authors examined whether vehicles were impounded after a DUI, whether or not the state used checkpoints and any legislation involving ignition interlock devices and other car breathalyzers, including the length of time they are installed.

All totaled, there are 55 possible points for a state to collect between the preventative and penalty categories. After those points were calculated, they were converted into percentages.

As mentioned above, ignition interlock devices play a large role in deciding the effectiveness of a state in handling drunk driving, accounting for eight of the possible 55 points, nearly 15% of the total.

The data doesn’t lie: Arizona is certainly no slouch when it comes to DUI laws. From ignition interlock devices to steeper penalties, the rest of the nation has some catching up to do. If you’re interested learning more about how ignition interlock devices or interlock cups can help prevent drunk driving, contact Quickstart today.

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