The alcohol ignition interlock is the most wide-spread anti-impaired driving device and MADD Canada is pleased to note its use in Canada is increasing.

Similar to a breathalyzer, the device is installed in a vehicle's dashboard. Before the vehicle can be started, the driver must provide a breath sample.

If the reading of the breath sample is over a preset BAC limit, the vehicle will not start. Once the vehicle is started, the interlock device requires the driver to provide breath samples at random pre-set times while the engine is in operation.

The number of interlocks installed on those convicted of Criminal Code impaired driving offences or provincial administrative impaired driving laws has nearly doubled over the past two years, from 14, 132 interlocks installed in 2009 to 27,440 in 2011.

Interlocks are obviously effective when they are on the vehicles, but research shows they also continue to have positive results in reducing repeat impaired driving offences even once they are removed. The devices offer an effective rehabilitative tool to allow individuals to continue driving while effectively reducing the risk of them driving impaired. It also helps keep offenders in the licensing system to ensure insurance coverage and participation in rehabilitation programs.

Alcohol Countermeaure Systems Corp. (ACS) is a leading manufacturer of breath alcohol testing instruments and supplier of alcohol interlock technology/services with a well-earned reputation for the highest quality hardware, custom software applications and service delivery standards in the industry. ACS' experience with alcohol interlocks stretches back more than 30 years, and its interlock products are used to inhibit drinking and driving in many countries on five continents. The technology and service programs developed by ACS have become one of the most effective traffic safety initiatives in this country. MADD Canada is proud of our long-term partnership with ACS and their continued support as our Gold Technology Partner.

Source:  MADD Matters Newsletter Winter 2012


Last updated on: 2012-12-14 | Link to this post