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  • 17 Dec 2013 11:55 AM | Toby Taylor (Administrator)

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator David Strickland today kicked off the annual "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" winter holiday crackdown on drunk and drugged driving, along with representatives from local law enforcement, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). To further deter drunk driving, NHTSA today released a "Model Guideline for State Ignition Interlock Programs" that will help states develop and implement a breath alcohol ignition interlock program based on highly successful practices from the U.S. and around the world.

    "With the help of our law enforcement partners, we’re sending a message across the country, today and throughout the holiday season – Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over," said Secretary Foxx. "And this year, with the release of our model guidelines for ignition interlock programs, we’re helping states improve their efforts to enforce safe driving among convicted offenders, which is crucial to ending these unnecessary deaths."

    Last year, deaths in crashes involving drunk drivers increased 4.6 percent, taking 10,322 lives compared to 9,865 in 2011. The majority of those crashes involved drivers with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .15 or higher – nearly double the legal limit. During last year’s holiday season alone, 830 lives were lost in drunk driving crashes.

    Previous NHTSA research of convicted drunk drivers show that those with interlocks installed are 75 percent less likely to repeat the behavior compared to those who do not. The guideline emphasizes several key program features to maximize effectiveness – including legislation, education, program administration, and implementation.

    "It is unacceptable and downright offensive that anyone would get behind the wheel drunk, let alone at twice the legal limit," said NHTSA Administrator David Strickland. "I urge the states to adopt our new guidelines to protect sober motorists and ensure that individuals convicted of drunk driving learn from their mistakes."

    According to NHTSA’s latest issue of Safety 1n Num3ers, the holiday enforcement on drunk drivers comes at a time of year when crashes involving alcohol increase. Over the past decade, almost two of every five (41 percent) deaths that occur around the New Year’s holiday and the Christmas holiday (37 percent) were alcohol-impaired, compared to 31 percent nationally over the past ten years.

    The crackdown runs from December 13 – January 1, 2014, and is supported by $7.5 million in national advertising in TV and radio advertising featuring NHTSA’s "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign. The ads are designed to raise awareness and support law enforcement activities in every state in an effort to reduce drunk driving deaths. NHTSA's Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over message will also be featured in a new public service announcement featuring Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures' RoboCop, in theaters February 12, 2014.

    Click here to view NHTSA's Model Guidelines for State Ignition Interlock Programs.

  • 27 Dec 2012 9:35 AM | Toby Taylor (Administrator)

    CINCINNATI, Dec. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- LMG Holdings, Inc. (previously known as LifeSafer Holdings, Inc.), today announced that it has successfully acquired Guardian Interlock Systems.  Guardian is a leading manufacturer and provider of ignition interlock devices and services and operates through more than 339 locations across the United States.  The multiple interlock businesses that will now comprise LMG Holdings will provide consumers with increased ignition interlock product options at more than 1,100 locations, across 45 states.

    Guardian Interlock Systems, based in Marietta, Georgia has been a leading provider of interlock devices and related services for more than 27 years.  Guardian presently provides ignition interlock services in 26 states.  Following the acquisition, Guardian will operate as an independent business with its own senior management and board of directors.  "We are excited to have Guardian as part of the LMG family" stated Craig Armstrong President and CEO of LMG, Holdings.  "The acquisition of Guardian emphasizes our commitment to the ignition interlock industry and our strong belief in providing the public with interlock options vis-à-vis our multiple brands".  Guardian will operate independently of LMG's other interlock businesses that include LifeSafer and Monitech and will maintain their experienced management team.  "Guardian's mission is to keep intoxicated drivers off our roads by providing the technology to help DUI offenders become responsible drivers. This acquisition allows Guardian to continue that mission, providing leadership in the interlock industry of tomorrow." said Roy Sheram , President and CEO of Guardian. 

    About Ignition Interlock Devices

    Ignition interlock devices are installed in an automobile or other motor vehicle to prevent the vehicle from being started when the driver has an unacceptable amount of alcohol in their system.  Many states across the country require the use of an ignition interlock device after someone is convicted of 'Driving Under the Influence – DUI' or a similar offense.  The use of an interlock device is now mandated in some fashion for first-time offenders in 23 states, up from six states just five years ago.  There are numerous widely regarded studies that have concluded that ignition interlock devices have a significant impact in reducing repeat DUI offenses.  Supporters of ignition interlock devices include MADD, Mothers Against Drunk Driving.  At present, it is estimated there are approximately 275,000 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.  The individual companies provide different interlock products and services through their individual distribution networks.

    SOURCE LMG Holdings

  • 11 Dec 2012 11:52 AM | Toby Taylor (Administrator)

    WASHINGTON - In its study on wrong-way driving crashes adopted today, the National Transportation Safety Board cited alcohol-impaired driving as the leading cause of these collisions and recommended that all first-offender alcohol-impaired drivers be required to have ignition interlocks installed on their personal vehicles.  Read the full text here.

  • 24 Jul 2012 5:16 PM | Toby Taylor (Administrator)

    Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21)

    A Summary of Highway Provisions

    U.S. Department of Transportation
    Federal Highway Administration
    Office of Policy and Governmental Affairs
    July 17, 2012

    Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act

    Overview

    On July 6, 2012, President Obama signed into law P.L. 112-141, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). Funding surface transportation programs at over $105 billion for fiscal years (FY) 2013 and 2014, MAP-21 is the first long-term highway authorization enacted since 2005. MAP-21 represents a milestone for the U.S. economy it provides needed funds and, more importantly, it transforms the policy and programmatic framework for investments to guide the growth and development of the country’s vital transportation infrastructure.

    Read the entire summary here: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/map21/summaryinfo.cfm

    or

    Printable PDF Version [96 KB]

  • 31 May 2012 1:58 PM | Toby Taylor (Administrator)

    Have you heard of DADSS? It could be the first alcohol detection technology included as a standard feature on American automobiles.

    Read more:
    http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/716605#ixzz1wTmDPdlw

  • 31 May 2012 1:54 PM | Toby Taylor (Administrator)

    Right now only 16 states nationwide require ignition interlocks for anyone convicted of driving under the influence, including first-time offenders. There are other states that require them only for hard core, or repeat offenders.

    http://radio.foxnews.com/2012/05/27/mandatory-breathalyzer-test-for-convicted-drunk-drivers-video/

  • 21 May 2012 2:30 PM | Anonymous

    Connecticut motorists convicted of drunken driving are the latest to face mandatory use of ignition interlock devices, a step seen by some as steering the nation closer to requiring alcohol detection systems as standard equipment in all vehicles.

    http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/01/05/9957132-curbing-drunken-drivers-should-ignition-interlock-be-required-on-every-car?lite


 
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