New Location in Washington State:
Welcome LifeSafer Tacoma

Washington State has been served by LifeSafer Ignition Interlock for more than twenty years. Now Tacoma customers have a new location where they can go for installation, training, monitoring, and all ignition interlock LifeSafer-Tacomarelated matters: the newest LifeSafer of Tacoma, conveniently located just south of downtown, at 2200 109th St S, Units 24 and 25.

The new location was chosen to fit with LifeSafer’s philosophy of offering friendly car breathalyzer service in accessible locations.

According to Brianna Carroll, head technician at the facility, the new service center is already open for business, and they are doing their utmost to get every customer driving again safely and in compliance with the law.

LifeSafer Tacoma offers two bays, so that two vehicles can be serviced at the same time. Brianna is a trained technician with expertise in all vehicle makes and models, and the experience that’s needed to ensure that your installation is done flawlessly. As is always the case with LifeSafer, you’re assured of competence, courtesy and discretion every step of the way.LifeSafer-Ignition-Interlock-FC100-Hand

The new Tacoma LifeSafer location will also keep in touch with monitoring authorities, so that customers don’t have to. They can just turn the key and drive without worries.

LifeSafer is delighted to welcome our new Tacoma service center. If you need an ignition interlock in the Tacoma area call 888-855-0630 or go here to make an appointment.

Your Hump-Day Recess:
Halloween Drunk Driving Just Won’t Fly

From the Texas Department of Transportation, a Halloween message.

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This year Halloween falls on a Friday night. With no work the next day, it will be as much a party night for adults as kids. That’s fun, but it also means that there are more chances to drink, and thus, more chances to drink and drive. If your Halloween haunts include places that serve alcohol, make sure you plan ahead.

  • Enlist a designated driver.
  • No designated driver? Take a taxi, or use public transportation (that includes your feet).
  • Watch out for pedestrians, including trick-or-treaters.

It’s not clear whether an ignition interlock could be installed on a broom. We’ll have to do some research on that. Meanwhile have fun on Halloween, and stay safe.

The Great Tucson Beer Festival:
Banding Against Drunk Driving

Tuscon Arizona Designated Driver at Beer FestivalBeer enthusiasts crowded into the Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium in Tucson, Arizona at the end of September for a festival dedicated to tasting brews from all over the country. The 28th Annual Great Tucson Beer Festival was heralded as a success. And thanks to an enlightened policy on the part of the organizers, the event was a celebration of public safety as well.

A regular ticket for the event was $40. But designated drivers could get in for $25.

If you checked in as a designated driver, you received a wrist band of a different color. The band would set you apart from the rest of the crowd, who were “licensed” to taste all the beer they wanted. As a designated driver, you would be expected to abstain and ensure that the tasters got home safely.

Welcoming and encouraging designated drivers to events at which alcohol is served is an enlightened idea, one that should become standard practice at all such gatherings.

  • Wine tastings
  • Athletic events
  • State and county fairs
  • Charity and non-profit events such as auctions

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In recent years dram shop laws have, in some localities, placed responsibility on bars and restaurants for keeping patrons from leaving their establishments and driving drunk. In some cases proprietors can be held liable for the damage that results. The Great Tucson Beer Festival’s organizers choose to focus on responsibility rather than liability, and have found a more positive, proactive way to deal with the problem of impaired driving.

The festival is a benefit for Sun Sounds, a radio station/audio service which provides access to information to people who cannot read print because they have a disability. In keeping with its charitable mission, Sun Sounds and the Great Tucson Beer Festival have demonstrated that alcohol and responsibility can be successfully combined. Kudos.

Should a First-Time OWI Be a Crime?
Wisconsin’s Gubernatorial Candidates Clash

One thing Wisconsin voters agree on is the state’s drunk driving problem. Due to lax laws and a well-entrenched drinking culture, Wisconsin stands out for its high rate of alcohol-related road deaths and injuries.

In the current race for Governor, the treatment of first-time OWI offenders marks a genuine difference in attitudes of the candidates. Republican Incumbent Scott Walker does not want to change

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Governor Scott Walker and Challenger Mary Burke: Opposing Views on First-Time OWI Offenders

the current laws, which let first-time OWI offenders slide by, though he did sign a bill which imposes tougher penalties on offenders with 7th, 8th, and 9th OWI offenses. Democratic challenger Mary Burke supports criminal penalties, which would include ignition interlocks, for all OWI offenses.  In responses to a question from the Wisconsin Center of Investigative Journalism, she wrote, “Every other state in the country has criminalized first­-time OWIs, and Wisconsin should not be any different.” She noted that she also supported other measures that would help address the problem in the long term.

Legislators who like to go easy on first OWI offenders are ignoring statistics which show that people usually drive impaired around 80 times before being arrested for the first time. Moreover, drunk driving is lethal by nature, and should not be tolerated.

As Burke noted, the trend of the country is towards more severe treatment of first-time OWI offenders, and on this issue, she is right. Given Wisconsin’s drinking culture and its poor showing among states in all matters pertaining to drunk driving, heftier fines and mandatory ignition interlocks are needed to signal that the state is serious about keeping roads safe.

Whoever is in the Governor’s mansion come November 4th should face pressure from Wisconsin’s citizens to do the right thing and criminalize drunk driving.

 

Infographic: A Guide to Drunk Driving Abbreviations

Busy as they are, police use a lot of abbreviations in the course of their work. If you are unfortunate enough to be arrested for drunk driving, you’ll see a lot of abbreviations on the report. This chart takes you through the most common ones, from start to finish. Let’s hope you don’t need to use it.

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There is another abbreviation not on the graphic: IID, for Ignition Interlock Device. Sometimes called a Car Breathalyzer, this is an electronic device wired into a DUI offender’s ignition that prevents the vehicle from starting if the driver’s BAC is over a set limit. In some states the device is called a BAIID, for Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device. This can be ordered by the court after a conviction, or it can result automatically from the arrest – an ADLS, or Administrative Driver’s License Suspension.

Abbreviations make a police officer’s life easier, but the terms they stand for make a driver’s life difficult indeed. When you’re driving, keep your BAC to zero, avoid a DUI, and a police officer (PO) will not have PC to pull you over and administer the FST. Not drinking while driving, then, makes everything OK.

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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.