LMG Holdings Announces The Acquisition of
A-Interlock Inc. Of New Mexico

LMG.Logo.HlCINCINNATI, Oct. 20, 2014  — LMG Holdings, Inc. today announced that it has successfully acquired A-Interlock, Inc. the former New Mexico distributor for its LifeSafer brand.

Founded in 1997, by owner Jean Claude Guenette, A-Interlock, began its operations in Albuquerque, eventually expanding across the State to nine locations. Over the years the business has installed and serviced thousands of devices for New Mexico consumers needing to comply with State interlock requirements after receiving a DWI. Mr. Guenette who managed and grew the organization will work closely with LifeSafer management to achieve a smooth transition with no impact to clients.

“Acquiring A-Interlock will provide LifeSafer an opportunity to strengthen its position in the important State of New Mexico,” stated LMG CEO, Kent Owens. “We are committed to providing consumers and New Mexico State authorities with exceptional interlock service and reporting that deliver enhanced road safety benefits,” added Owens.

A-Interlock President Jean Claude Guenette said; “I am proud to have contributed to the growth of New Mexico’s ignition interlock program into one of the largest in the nation. I have had a long affiliation with LifeSafer and wish them every success in the future. I intend on continuing to support initiatives in New Mexico to combat drunk driving.”

About Ignition Interlock Devices

Ignition Interlocks are devices installed on an automobile or other motor vehicle that require the operator to provide a breath sample, proving that they are not alcohol impaired, before starting the vehicle. The devices also require the operator 9rlw8FPufJUOkF2Y-9YRAQ2TCRvdFmN_7WERr9tnwMIto take and pass additional randomly scheduled tests while driving. Many states across the country require the use of an ignition interlock device after someone is convicted of ‘Driving While Impaired – DWI’ or a similar offense. The use of an interlock device is now mandated in some fashion for first-time offenders in 31 states, up from six states just seven years ago. Numerous studies have concluded that ignition interlock devices not only stop impaired individuals from driving but also have a significant impact in reducing repeat DWI offenses. Supporters of ignition interlock devices include MADD, Mothers Against Drunk Driving. At present, it is estimated there are approximately 318,000 ignition interlock devices installed in vehicles in the United States.

About LMG Holdings

LMG Holdings, based in Cincinnati, Ohio is the leading provider of ignition interlock devices in the United States. LMG’s holdings include LifeSafer, Monitech Ignition Interlock Systems and Guardian Interlock Systems. These companies provide different interlock devices and services through their individual distribution networks in 45 States.

New LifeSafer Location in Montana:
Welcome Carl’s Auto Care of Great Falls, MT

If you drive in Great Falls, Montana, chances are you’ll know of Carl’s Autocare. This well-respected family business is now a proud member of the LifeSafer family, offering full installation and monitoring of LifeSafer ignition interlocks.

Carl Halcro started Carl’s Autocare in 1979. Carl is still there, 35 years later, joined by his son Paul. They offer professional auto and light truck repairs to residents of Great Falls, Ulm, Cascade, Vaughn and other surrounding towns.

Carl's Auto Care installs LifeSafer ignition intelocks“We’re really happy to join the LifeSafer team,” says Paul. “Just like us, they’re working to keep people on the road and give high-quality service.”

LifeSafer-Ignition-Interlock-FC100-HandThe shop has 3 bays and a staff of four to handle any kind of car, 4WD, RV or light truck. And though the shop naturally provides modern computer diagnostics,  Carl’s is an old-fashioned total-service station at heart – they offer full gas on their premises, as well as towing and lockout service, so you’re in their careful hands from start to finish.

Apart from LifeSafer ignition interlock installation and monitoring, Carl’s offers a full complement of services, including air conditioning systems, brakes, tire balancing, tune-ups and oil changes.

If you’re installing an ignition interlock in the region of Great Falls, Montana – or if you need any other vehicle-related service – you can’t do better than Carl’s Autocare. After 35 years, they’ve got it down. To schedule your LifeSafer ignition interlock installation in Great Falls, just call 888-855-0630.

Your Hump Day Recess:
1970s Alcohol Mythbuster

This strange little PSA from the 1970s addresses an actual misconception that many people have: that if you eat a lot of food while drinking, the alcohol won’t affect you. It’s not true, of course. A full stomach can slow absorption of alcohol somewhat, but anyone (such as the gentleman in the film) who thinks that a full dinner will keep you from getting drunk is asking for a DUI.

 

Your Hump Day Recess: Every Wednesday LifeSafer brings you something a little different, related to the worlds of road safety, to ease your progress over Hump Day and through the week.

Previous Hump Days: car safety, animals, posters. traffic jams, more posters, fake microbrews a German Ignition Interlock spoof from 1960, a Star Wars anti-drunk driving messageour Top 10 Worst Crash Tests, a different kind of Anti-DUI message, Budweiser’s dogged anti-DUI campaign, How Not to Dodge a Parking Ticket, a Cool 1950s Soviet Anti Drunk Driving Poster, and He Got a DUI on a WHAT?

Tweeting DUI Arrests Makes Riverside
Police Chief a MADD Hero

Not all Twitter users are announcing what they had for lunch or broadcasting the latest celebrity news. The Riverside, Illinois Police are tweeting every single alcohol-related arrest as it occurs. That includes DUI and zero tolerance arrests.
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Police Chief Thomas Weitzel began this innovative use of social media in order to make the public aware of the scope of the drunk driving problem in Illinois. “I would hope that sharing of information in this way would serve to advise the public that DUI offenders are being arrested all over the greater Chicago area,” says Chief Weitzel.

Names are not used in the tweets — public shaming is not the point of the exercise. The tweets do include age, sex, hometown, location of the arrest, and the BAC (blood alcohol concentration), if available.

Riverside-IL-tweet-1The Twitter feed also announces the dates and locations of DUI checkpoints, and alerts the public when the department intensifies DUI patrols.

“Drunk driving is too socially acceptable,” says Weitzel. “I have noticed that it is becoming much more common for my agency to have second-, third-, fourth-time DUI arrestees who are already driving on a suspended license.”

Riverside-IL-tweet-3People are taking notice of the Riverside Police’s efforts. Weitzel recently received a Hero award from MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) for his work using social media to spread the anti-drunk driving message.

At LifeSafer we hope that people who read about so many DUI arrests will finally grasp the magnitude of Tom-Weitzel-wins-MADD-award2the problem, and join the fight to prevent drunk driving. This means educating teens, choosing a designated driver when going out drinking, and acting responsibly as a host and not letting guests drive home while impaired. Drunk drivers are stopped one by one, by people who are informed and committed to keeping the roads safer.

It’s a lot to ask of a tweet, but it’s good that every channel of communication is being used by our resourceful public servants to get the message out. We salute Chief Weitzel and urge other police departments to follow Riverside’s excellent example.

National Teen Driver Safety Week

Is there a younger driver in your life? This Week is National Teen Driver Safety Week, a nationwide campaign that encourages adults to connect with drivers 21 and under about safety issues.

National Teen Driver Safety WeekThis year NTSDW addresses the many drivers who delay getting their license until they are 18 or older, and there are more than you think. Some teens decide not to drive right away for economic reasons. Others – and their number is growing – just don’t feel they have a reason to start driving as soon as they come of age.

Delayed Licensing – Pros and Cons. Putting off driving has some advantages. With age comes maturity, and skipping the 16s and 17s means skipping years in which young people are likely to make poor decisions. Not driving also means more walking, bicycling, and public transport, all of which are healthier for the individual or the environment.

However, there are benefits to early licensing as well. High school Driver’s Ed programs can be very good. Young teens will also be supervised by their parents or other adults in their early driving lives. Graduated Driving License programs (GDL) give teens the chance to drive while placing restrictions on things like night driving and number and age of passengers – restrictions which help keep them safe as they test their “wings.”

And some teens who do not have licenses will make the incredibly bad decision to drive anyway.

If you are close to someone who has started driving after high school, encourage them to get the best training they can. It takes years to make a good driver of a novice, so they will need to create their own GDL in order to stay safe as their knowledge and reactions improve with experience.

The good news is, a later start can still be a very good start.

 

Surprising Study: A Lot of Designated
Drivers Are Drinking

Designate a Driver. Friends don’t let friends drive drunk. We’ve heard the slogans, seen the ads, heard the lectures. And at some level we get it: if you’re drunk, let someone else drive home.

Neknomination is spreading to the USABut who are you designating, exactly?

If it’s a sober friend – one who’s been nursing a soft drink while you party – congratulations: you’ve figured it out. But if it’s someone who’s just a little less drunk than you, then there’s a problem. And it’s a surprisingly prevalent problem.

A study last year in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs revealed some terrifying news: many so-called designated drivers are only marginally less whiskey-glass-transimpaired than the people they’re driving home.

The researchers interviewed more than a thousand bar patrons, mostly college students. They were sorted into passengers and designated drivers, and their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was measured via a breathalyzer.

The results: about 4 out of 10 designated drivers drank during the evening they were polled. Almost two in ten had a BAC of .05 or greater, and another two registered over .05 BAC. While a BAC of .08 is the standard of intoxication, it’s well known that someone who blows .05 has, in the words of the study, “inhibited driving ability and psychomotor function.” Even those between .02 and .05 are not in the best of shape to handle a carload of revelers and make responsible decisions about them.

The study concludes that there is a need to make public what some people have forgotten, or perhaps never learned: that a designated driver is one who has abstained from drinking entirely.

New LifeSafer Location:
Prestige Auto Mall, Cuyahoga Falls, OH

As the LifeSafer network expands to serve more drivers across the USA, we are delighted to welcome new providers who bring their expertise and dedication to the cause of safer roads. Today we welcome Prestige Auto Mall of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, which will be installing and monitoring LifeSafer ignition interlocks for customers in the Akron/Canton/Cleveland area.PrestigeAutoMallThough a new LifeSafer provider, Prestige Auto Mall is a well-known business dealership and auto service center, helping to put drivers on the road – and keep their vehicles ship-shape – in their facility just minutes from Akron. Prestige Auto Mall - LifeSafer ignition interlock providerPrestige sells and services all makes and models, and offers an impressive array of exotic vehicles as well, more than most dealerships ever lay eyes on. Lamborghinis, Porsches, Ferraris, Jaguars and Bentleys roll off the lot at regular intervals. There are also more conventional Benzes and BMWs, as well as Fords, Hondas, Buicks and many other makes.

LifeSafer customers will be placed in the careful hands of Prestige’s service department, which can handle thirteen vehicles simultaneously. The Mall employs six experienced technicians who are well versed in every aspect of auto care, not just ignition interlocks.

“We do everything from oil changes to engine swaps,” says Adam Snowberger, general manager of the Mall. Adam managed another LifeSafer provider before coming on board with Prestige, so he brings with him not just his expertise in car breathalyzer technology but a thorough understanding of the LifeSafer philosophy of customer care.

If you are in need of an ignition interlock in Cuyahoga Falls area, you’ll find five-star service is waiting for you at Prestige Auto Mall.

Your Hump-Day Recess:
He Got A DUI On A WHAT?

Here’s the rule: if it has wheels, someone will have too many drinks and then take off on it. The results are not always as funny as the newspaper headlines suggest.

We’ve covered some unusual DUI arrests in the past, most notably a snowmobile in summer.Tractor DUI

DUIs on tractors are standard in some parts of the country. The reason might be that tractor owners don’t consider their tractor a motor vehicle, but rather a farm implement (not that those should be used while impaired either).

The tractor’s little sister, the riding mower, also seems to draw pilots who have had a few too many. In fact, Pulaski County, Kentucky saw two lawnmower DUIs in one week recently.

In Virginia a man on a moped – that’s right, a moped – led the police on a chase.

Approaching the heights of absurdity, a man in Australia (the unusual vehicle DUIs invariably involve men, for whatever reason) was arrested for driving a motorized beer cooler drunk. One needs to question not only the driver’s judgement, but the reason for the vehicle’s existence in the first place.

And then there is the vehicle that is itself a punchline, the Segway. Norway finally legalized the two-wheel scooters, and had immediate reason to regret it.

If there is a lesson to be learned from all this, it’s that if you’re farming, or mowing, or moping, or scooting, don’t drink.

Your Hump Day Recess: Every Wednesday LifeSafer brings you something a little different, related to the worlds of road safety, to ease your progress over Hump Day and through the week.

Previous Hump Days: car safety, animals, posters. traffic jams, more posters, fake microbrews a German Ignition Interlock spoof from 1960, a Star Wars anti-drunk driving messageour Top 10 Worst Crash Tests, a different kind of Anti-DUI message, Budweiser’s dogged anti-DUI campaign, How Not to Dodge a Parking Ticket and a Cool 1950s Soviet Anti Drunk Driving Poster.

 

I Have a DUI. Can They Install An
Ignition Interlock On My Motorcycle?

If you ride a motorcycle, you are subject to the same driving laws as car drivers. This means that riders who are convicted of driving while impaired face the same penalties as car and truck drivers. In some states, this includes an ignition interlock requirement.

MotorcycleAn ignition interlock, or car breathalyzer, prevents a vehicle from starting if the driver has been drinking.

Not all states allow the installation of an ignition interlock on a motorcycle, but some do, including Oregon, Wisconsin, Idaho, and Nebraska.

A motorcycle ignition interlock is installed in much the same manner as a car device would be, wired into the ignition system. The driver must blow into the device to start the bike, and blow again for regular rolling re-tests. The interlock is usually mounted on the fairing where the driver has easy access to it for re-testing.

Please note if you are a motorcycle rider with a DUI: if your state does not allow an ignition interlock to be installed on a motorcycle, then you may not ride a motorcycle until your suspension is over. Riding without a license is a serious offense.

Needless to say, alcohol and motorcycles are a very dangerous mix. Every year more than 2,000 motorcyclists are killed on the road, and alcohol is a factor in about 4 out of 10 of those fatalities.

In addition to all the faculties needed for car driving, motorcyclists need to contend with other factors such as stability and gravity. Bikes are less likely to be seen by drivers than cars or trucks, and are much more sensitive to road conditions. Wet leaves, gravel or a torn piece of tire on the road, which a car might ignore, can be a life-endangering hazard even for a sober, experienced, motorcycle rider. Alcohol reduces a rider’s ability to cope with all these extra hazards, making a crash all the more likely. And as statistics show, most motorcycle crashes result in injury or death.

So if you have a DUI and are in a state that allows ignition interlocks on your motorcycle, have it installed and you can get back on the road. If your state does not allow the devices on bikes, you’ll need to drive an interlock-equipped car for the duration of your suspension. In either case you’ll be avoiding the potentially deadly alcohol/motorcycle mix, and that’s a good thing.

What Really Happens If I Fail My
Ignition Interlock Breath Test?

Stress-and-DrivingIf you are going to have an ignition interlock device (IID) installed in your car, you might be worried about what can happen if you fail the breath test, i.e. if you blow an alcohol reading above the designated level.

What does happen after a fail depends on a couple of things — mainly, why you fail and when you fail. The important thing is not to panic. If you have not been drinking, you will be able to get back on the road and get on with your day.

Why you fail. You can fail an IID breath test for one of several reasons. It might be that you used an alcohol-based mouthwash, or fermentation has turned a bit of fruit juice in your mouth to alcohol. Even the fermentation of yeast in bread or pizza dough could supply an alcohol molecule or two, could be enough to cause a fail. It might also be that you were drinking the night before, and there is some residual alcohol in your system.

When you fail. There are two different times you will take a test on an ignition interlock:

  • the initial test, performed when you start the car, and
  • the rolling re-test, which is done a few minutes after you begin driving and periodically thereafter

Lifesafer ignition interlock rolling re-tetIf you fail the initial test, your vehicle won’t start. You must wait a designated time — called the lockout period — before testing again. The lockout periods vary by state. In Washington State, for example, if you fail your initial test you can blow again in 5 minutes. If you fail that one, you must wait 15 minutes. After that, the lockout periods are 45 minutes and 24 hours.

If you failed your initial test because of something you ate, just wash out your mouth and re-test. If you were drinking the night before, you need to wait until all the alcohol has dissipated from your system. It’s hard to calculate how long this takes, which is why it is recommended that you not drink any alcohol while an interlock is installed on your vehicle. Of course, if you were drinking prior to your initial test, you should not drive. Wait until you are fully sober.

The procedure is different if you fail a rolling re-test. If you blow a fail while driving, you must pull over as soon as possible and shut off the ignition. After 5 minutes, you will be asked to perform an initial test and start the car again.

Note: failing a rolling re-test puts your ignition interlock into Early Service Recall mode. You must take your vehicle to your service center to have it reset and have data downloaded.

A failed test on an ignition interlock is not the end of the world. Just remember to keep calm and follow the above procedures, and you’ll be back on the road in no time.