6 Benefits of Voluntary Interlock Device Installation

Each Australian state and territory employ a range of laws and procedures to deter drink driving and avoid the injuries, fatalities, and property damage that intoxicated driving causes. Although not mandatory for all citizens, the ignition interlock device is one of the most effective techniques in reducing drink driving accidents.

While an ignition interlock is most commonly given to individuals charged with drink driving offences, an interlock device installation can provide so many more benefits to any Australian.  Alcohol interlock services – from interlock device installation, servicing, and removing the interlock device – can be obtained easily at the clients’ requests and provide a plethora of advantages to the individual, industry, employer and the community at large.

How Does a Voluntary Interlock Device Installation Work?

Anyone who wants to be extra confident that they can legally drive should consider an interlock device installation for private or commercial use. The devices are available for purchase or rental, with the programming of devices adjusted to suit the owner’s needs.

An alcohol interlock device can be installed into any vehicle with an ignition switch. As a result, before the vehicle can start, the driver is required to provide a breath sample. If the result exceeds the pre-determined alcohol level, the vehicle will not start. They can be programmed to require random testing after the vehicle has been driven for a while. This will ensure that your loved one is unable to drive while under the influence of alcohol, potentially saving their life and the lives of others.

An interlock device installation typically tracks all activity, so if you don’t submit a clean sample or interfere with the device, the internal log will record the event. This information is helpful to managers in the workplace situation or families faced with a problem drinker with access to a vehicle. The client dictates the degree of monitoring and reporting (to the owner).

So, if a court of law does not mandate it, why would anyone willingly install an ignition interlock device in their car? To get a clearer picture, let’s look at five advantages of utilising a private or commercial use interlock device installation

  1. Horrific Mistakes are Less Likely

As a fact, alcohol affects an individual’s capacity to evaluate their level of impairment, which means most people are unable to determine their level of intoxication, regardless of how well a person believes they can “hold their booze”. An ignition interlock device might be the extra layer of safety they need to keep themselves and the community safe from driving after a night of drinking.

  1. A Recovery Aid for Problem Drinkers

We at Guardian Interlock are aware that many drink drivers battle with alcoholism. So, suppose you or your loved one is under the impression that it is OK to drink and drive. In that case, a voluntary interlock device installation might be the first step towards treating this underlying issue.  Plus, if you or your loved one is already in an alcohol abuse treatment program, an interlock device installation might serve as an added rehabilitation tool to help you stay clean.

  1. Give Parents Peace of Mind

When someone is under the influence of alcohol and goes behind the wheel, they endanger themselves and everyone else. This is especially worrying as a parent, as you deal with your teenagers’ newfound freedom. The very thought of having to worry about drinking and alcohol-related driving incidents is enough to keep any parent up at night. Taking the extra precaution of a voluntary interlock device installation is helpful to ensure they are aware of the dangers of driving while drunk.

A drink-drive offence is a criminal offence in most situations. This creates enormous barriers to employment for young people. Many Jobs require a Police check these days, and an adverse examination will normally preclude consideration for employment for many years.

  1. Employer Obligation

Employers have the opportunity to align their WHS policies by installing an interlock device. Interlocks can be installed and programmed to suit any commercial situation. Although the legal BAC limit in Australia is 0.05, commercial drivers are prohibited from driving with any alcohol in their system in most Australian states and territories. That is, they must have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.00%.

Since alcohol is a potent depressant, even a trace amount of alcohol in your blood can impair your hand-eye coordination, judgement, and multitasking abilities. Therefore, most companies do not want their drivers behind the wheel if they have any alcohol in their systems.

Hence, voluntary interlock device installation can keep employees safe while also assisting businesses in avoiding any legal action or liabilities that may arise as a result of an alcohol-related accident.

  1. Keep the Sports Stars Out of the Media

Recently, many high-profile drink-driving arrests have occurred in the sports world; news spreads quickly, and reputations may be damaged in minutes because of social media. Such occurrences can also influence the team’s performance, morale, and player relationships.

If you run a professional sports team, consider securing your club with some voluntary interlock device installations. Your team will then be free to concentrate on their performance, and your reputation is unaffected.

Why Choose Guardian Interlock for Your Interlock Device Installation?

Voluntary interlock device installations are a fantastic way to be aware of substance limitations and how your body processes alcohol, as long as you use the device with caution and common sense.

If you want a private interlock ignition device, your first thought is probably, “Where can I get an interlock device installed near me?“.

At Guardian Interlock, we understand you have options when it comes to ignition interlock providers. Guardian Interlock is an independent, family-owned company that has provided alcohol ignition interlock programs – from interlock device installation to removing the interlock device. To safety-conscious individuals, private companies, and state authorities for over twenty years, preventing the operation of vehicles by impaired drivers.

Guardian Interlock manages alcohol interlock on behalf of our private and commercial customers who voluntarily install a Guardian alcohol interlock. These customers range from businesses enhancing their road safety posture to private individuals such as young drivers and those susceptible to problematic drinking and driving.

We provide voluntary interlock device installations, servicing and removing interlock devices to users in metropolitan and regional areas nationwide via our network of approved service centres.

Guardian understands your need for a vehicle, whether for work, commuting, family or other responsibilities. We’re dedicated to assisting clients to remain compliant and on the road. That is why our customer care representatives are available to take your calls 8.30-5.00 Monday to Fridays.

We also have an assistance line available 24 hours a day, seven days a week in an emergency. Please bear in mind that during COVID-19, the number of enquiries has increased so that delays may be incurred.

Guardian Interlock is one of Australia’s most reputable interlock suppliers, with locations across Australia. Therefore, you can be confident that your Guardian approved service centre is qualified for interlock device installation, servicing and removing interlock devices, and our devices comply with your state’s regulations. Email admin@guardianinterlock.com.au or call 1300 881 005 today to get started with your alcohol interlock program.

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