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News & issues about ignition interlock devices and DUI laws. QuickStart Ignition Interlock AZ installs ignition IID or BAIID into cars of DUI offenders.

Here’s What You Need to Look for in a Quality Ignition Interlock Device for Your Vehicle

ignition interlockWhile you may feel as if your driving freedom is being violated with an ignition interlock device, it doesn’t have to be a bad thing. The truth is, another 28 people die as a result of drunk driving every day in the U.S., and your interlock device is simply a way to ensure that you do not add to the problem. [Read more…]

Stuck with an Interlock Device in Your Car? Here’s How to Make the Best of the Situation

interlock deviceBeing charged with a DUI can be a frustrating time, and you may feel as if you’re losing some of your freedom if the courts force you to use an ignition interlock device. Fortunately, you still have the freedom to choose a car breathalyzer that offers discretion and helps you to forget it’s even there. [Read more…]

3 Reasons Having a Discreet Breathalyzer in Your Car is So Important to Your Privacy

ignition interlock deviceGetting charged with a DUI can be extremely embarrassing, and you’re probably scrambling to hide your legal situation from friends, family, and coworkers. If you’ve been mandated to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle, you should know that you are not alone, and there are discreet breathalyzers that will blend right in with your car. [Read more…]

Here’s How an Ignition Interlock Device Could End Up Saving Your Life

ignition interlock deviceEverybody makes mistakes, but unfortunately, a DUI is one of the hardest mistakes to undo. If you do have a prior DUI conviction, you may have been required to use an ignition interlock device as a part of your sentence. There’s no shame in owning an ignition interlock device, and you should take solace in knowing you’re on the right path to avoid another unfortunate situation on the road. [Read more…]

Answering the 7 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Ignition Interlock Devices

ignition interlock deviceOccurrences of drunk driving have declined dramatically in past decades, but it’s still a major concern: Each day, 28 people in the country die as the result of drunk driving. One strategy for preventing further tragedy is the required installation of ignition interlock devices on the vehicles of drivers convicted of driving under the influence (often those who have more than one conviction). Currently, there are about 150,000 of these systems and counting installed in U.S. vehicles. Whether you’ve been convicted of a DUI, you’re the loved one of a DUI offender, or you’re just a concerned member of the public, it’s a good idea to get the facts on these devices. To get you started, here are answers to seven of the most frequently asked questions regarding interlock devices: [Read more…]

Do’s and Don’ts of an Arizona DUI Stop

Arizona DUI Do and DontOnce you have been pulled over, you must keep in mind that you have not been placed under arrest. You need to be courteous to the police officer and present your driver’s license, registration and proof of car insurance. After this, the officer may start to ask questions, but you are under no obligation to answer them. One question that is common is if you have had anything to drink or how many drinks you have had. Answering this type of question only makes it more difficult for an attorney to defend you. Simply be polite and decline to comment and ask to speak with a lawyer. It is imperative to speak with a lawyer immediately because they will tell you to submit to a blood or breath test and then ask to be released to get an independent test at a hospital. [Read more…]

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…]

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