Why Should You Install a Private Alcohol Interlock Device?

With more cars on our roads than ever before and the risk of drink driving more prevalent than ever, alcohol interlock devices have become a pivotal tool in ensuring the safety of drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. While they are typically used out of obligation by convicted drink drivers, private alcohol interlock devices may also be installed on an individual’s own initiative, serving as an effective and self-imposed safety measure. 

But why might this proactive step be taken? This article delves into the various scenarios in which the installation of a private interlock system not only enhances safety but also provides peace of mind for individuals and organisations alike. 

Road-based Businesses

For road-based businesses, ensuring the safety of drivers and the public is crucial. Integrating private interlock systems into company vehicles offers a robust solution to prevent alcohol-impaired driving because these devices require the driver to undergo a breath test before starting the vehicle. This ensures that they have a blood alcohol content reading of zero whenever employees are driving, and this significantly mitigates the risk of accidents, protecting the individual behind the wheel as well as the company’s reputation and integrity. 

Road-based Businesses

These systems are equipped with reporting capabilities, meaning they can alert business owners of any attempted violations. This feature is invaluable for identifying potential alcohol-related issues within a workforce, allowing for timely intervention and the promotion of a culture of responsibility and safety. Industries that may find the most value in private alcohol interlock devices include package delivery services, trucking companies, taxi and ride-sharing services, food and drink trucks, bus companies, and sales representatives who rely on private vehicles. Adopting this proactive approach with a private interlock system ensures your business can operate safely and efficiently, reinforcing your commitment to road safety. 

High-risk Workplaces

In high-risk industries like construction, industrial workplaces, forestry, and agriculture, ensuring the sobriety of employees is not just a matter of policy but a critical safety concern. Alcohol impairment within these sectors can lead to severe accidents, jeopardising people’s safety and the integrity of the business. However, the logistical challenge and expense of regularly testing every employee for alcohol use is a daunting prospect for many businesses. 

Implementing alcohol ignition interlock devices in company vehicles and machinery offers a practical and effective solution. These systems prevent the operation of equipment if alcohol is detected in the operator’s breath, significantly reducing the risk of alcohol-related incidents on the job. Plus, with advancements in technology, Guardian Interlock can provide a range of innovative options to suit individual businesses, with handheld devices and fast-acting interlock solutions available to meet the specific needs of high-risk businesses.

High-risk Workplaces

Choosing to install private interlock systems in fleet vehicles not only reinforces a business’s commitment to safety but also protects its workforce and assets. By proactively addressing the risks associated with drink driving, businesses can ensure a safer, more responsible work environment. 

Professional Sporting Teams

While their expertise is on the field, it’s no secret that the off-field actions of professional athletes can significantly impact an entire team’s reputation and performance. High-profile incidents of drink driving among athletes have shown just how quickly negative publicity can spread. These incidents may tarnish reputations and lead to decreased team morale and strained player relations that may impact their on-field performance. 

To ensure the welfare of both players and the public and preserve the team’s public image, many teams have installed alcohol interlocks in team vehicles. This proactive measure seamlessly integrates custom alcohol interlock solutions within a vehicle’s ignition system, requiring a breath test before the engine can start. If the driver’s breath alcohol concentration exceeds a predetermined limit, the vehicle will not start. 

Professional Sporting Teams

This preventative approach allows sports teams to prioritise safety and responsibility without the constant worry over potential drink driving incidents. It enables athletes to concentrate fully on their performance, knowing their off-field actions align with the team’s values and safety protocols. Embrace a winning strategy and put safety at the forefront of your club’s culture by reaching out to Guardian Interlock and exploring tailored solutions that align with your commitment to excellence and social responsibility. 

Young Drivers and Problem Drinkers

Sending young drivers out onto the road unaccompanied can be a source of stress for parents, and in those moments, wouldn’t it be comforting to know that they have an extra barrier of protection against unwise decisions? A similar concern often applies to individuals who have a loved one who may suffer from a drinking problem, and this can create fears over their road safety. This has seen many safety-conscious individuals install alcohol interlock devices in their vehicles, ensuring a breath test is required before the vehicle can start.

alcohol interlock in car with young person

The proactive use of alcohol interlock devices can give individuals unparalleled peace of mind, safe in the knowledge that their loved one is protected from making a potentially life-altering mistake.

The reporting capabilities of private alcohol interlock devices also ensure that any unsuccessful attempts to start the vehicle and any failed rolling tests are recorded. This can provide family members with an opportunity to discuss and address the issue with the driver directly.

Install a Private Alcohol Interlock Device with Guardian Interlock

Guardian Interlock is among Australia’s most reputable alcohol interlock providers, with locations in every state in Australia. Therefore, you can be sure that your Guardian-approved service centre is qualified for interlock device installation, servicing, and removal of your interlock device, and our devices are compliant with your state’s regulations. Email customerservice@guardianinterlock.com.au or call 1300 881 005 today if you are interested in installing a private interlock system

We understand how essential a vehicle is, whether for work purposes, family responsibilities, or other commitments. We’re committed to helping our clients remain compliant and on the road. Our customer care representatives are available to take your calls 8.30 am – 5:30 pm Monday to Friday. We also have an Emergency assistance line available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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