How to Skip the Valentine’s Day DUI Arrest This Year

valentines-day-duiAre you planning an evening for two this Valentine’s Day? Plenty of people are, and most of them have a good idea of how they’d like the evening to end up. That scene does not include a jail cell.

Nevertheless, a Valentine’s Day DUI arrest is more common than you’d think – it’s a night of celebration, and wine (and often champagne) are uncorked to slow down the moment and set the mood. But the planning that goes into a romantic evening often doesn’t include a safe ride home.

Here are some ways you can plan a night that ends the way you want it to – without fingerprinting, jail, bail, fines, and court dates:

  • Choose a restaurant within walking distance. If the weather is going to cooperate, make a romantic hand-in-hand walk part of the evening.
  • Dine in. It doesn’t sound romantic, but it can be. Where did you put those candles anyway?
  • Get dropped off. If you don’t drive to the restaurant, you can’t drive back. It’s all in the planning.
  • Skip the wine. It sounds sacrilegious, but there’s no law saying that you have to drink just because it’s Valentine’s Day. Have an extra-decadent dessert instead, and finish the night with a clear head.

The idea, after all, is to wake up the next day more in love than you were the night before. That’s hard to do when one of you is in jail, or facing large fines and a police record. So do some planning this Valentine’s Day, and a jail door will never come between you.

Happy New Year From Guardian Interlock

happy new year 2017 is now in the history books, and 2018 is finally here. With a new year to begin, you might be considering new resolutions or just looking for a fresh new start. No matter what your goals or resolutions, Guardian Interlock would like to wish you the very best in this new year, and hope you find success in all that you do.

Happy New Year from Guardian Interlock!

 

Happy Holidays from Guardian Interlock

 holidays guardian interlockThe flurry of shopping, decorating, and holiday parties is now over, and the big day has finally arrived. It’s time to take a moment to look back on the last year and be grateful for the life and family you’ve been given.

While you’re enjoying your holiday this year, always keep in mind that there’s one decision that has the power to affect your entire life: drinking and driving can turn your world upside down in seconds, so always find a sober driver when you’re enjoying alcohol.

Happy Holidays from Guardian Interlock!

Should You Give The Gift Of A Personal Breathalyzer?

personal breathalyzerIt’s that time of the year again: the season of holiday parties, spiked egg nog, and mulled wine is upon us, and what can often go hand and hand with alcohol during the holidays? Drunk driving rates will spike during the festive holiday season, and that’s why so many people are giving the gift of a personal breathalyzer this year.

There are a number of reasons why you might want to have a personal breathalyzer with you or why you would want to give a friend one this holiday. 

Knowing your BAC can keep you safe

Many drunk driving arrest stories start with a few drinks and end with that person deciding he or she is fine to get behind the wheel of a car. With a personal breathalyzer, the guess work of whether or not you’re fine to drive is gone. You’ll know what your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is, and that should help eliminate the choice to drink and drive.

It can save you a lot of money

The cost of a personal breathalyzer is minimal, especially when you compare it to what it will cost you if you drive drunk and are convicted on that charge. Some states can charge as much as $1,000 in fines for a first drunk driving conviction, and that doesn’t include lawyer fees, insurance premiums, driver’s license reinstatement fees, and ignition interlock fees.  

A personal breathalyzer can change your perception of drunk driving

Just the very act of carrying a personal breathalyzer can make you think twice about drunk driving. When you know you’ll have to test your blood before you get in the car, you’ll be much less likely to drive drunk at all.

There’s one thing to keep in mind when using a personal breathalyzer during the holidays or any other day of the year: just because you don’t blow over the legal limit, doesn’t mean you should drive. The legal blood limit is a legal limit at which you can be charged for drunk driving, but anti-drunk driving advocates like Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) recommend that you avoid driving after drinking any amount of alcohol.

Whether you wrap one up and put it under the tree or you stuff it in a loved one’s stocking, the gift of a personal breathalyzer is one that will help keep your loved ones safe all year long.

 

Tis The Season For Holiday Drunk Driving Crashes

holiday drunk driving crashes It’s finally nearing the holidays again, and the season for holiday baking, tree decorating, and festive parties is upon us. But during the holidays we take the good with the bad, and the bad for many families is holiday drunk driving crashes claim the lives of many during this busy season.

Around the beginning of November you may notice that there are a lot more drunk driving crashes in the news. Maybe you even know of someone who was injured or killed in one, and you can’t understand why people are still drinking and driving. It’s unfortunate that they are, because people are dying all over the United States in drunk driving crashes just like these.

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Melissa Hancock is a reality star from the show Little Women: Atlanta. After a night out where she had several drinks at a nightclub she got behind the wheel of her car and crashed straight into Petty Officer 2nd Class Daniel Dill. He died of his injuries a day later.

The ironic thing about this drunk driving crash is that Dill was the designated driver who was on his way to pick up his wife. She’d been drinking and he didn’t want her to drive.

When police officers took Hancock’s BAC level they found she was at 0.112, and they charged her with DWI and maiming.

Sacramento, California

If you’ve ever seen someone stranded on the side of the road, your first instinct may be to pull over and help. One couple stranded near a highway off-ramp must have felt relieved when someone offered to help them, but instead of driving off knowing he’d been a good Samaritan, Mark Poss ended his day in the hospital.

After he pulled over on the freeway at 2:30 am in the morning, Poss got out and helped the couple move their vehicle over to the side of the road. Out of nowhere a drunk driver crashed into Poss and the other person pushing the car.

While the other person suffered a broken leg, Poss had both legs severed in the drunk driving crash. The driver who hit him was charged with drunk driving.

It’s always hard to understand why someone would make the choice to drink and drive when there is so much to lose, but it’s especially difficult to see all of the drunk driving crashes ramp up toward the holidays.

That means more families will know what it’s like to spend the holidays without someone they love.

A Few Scary Statistics On Halloween Drunk Drivers

halloween-drunk-driversHalloween parties, tricks and treats, and goblins both big and little on the roads: Halloween is one of the busiest nights of the year for pedestrians, and unfortunately, it’s also a busy night for Halloween drunk drivers.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Halloween is one of the deadliest nights on the roads. 44% of fatal crashes on Halloween and the weekend prior to involve a drunk driver, and 23% of pedestrian deaths on Halloween night are due to someone making the choice to drink and drive.

Those are scary statistics, but the good news is that, with a little preparation, you can protect yourself and the people you love this Halloween.

If you’re a pedestrian this Halloween

Whether you’re out walking your little one for trick or treating or you’re heading out to a local party, any pedestrian on the roads this Halloween should be well aware of their surroundings at all times, stick to the sidewalks when walking, and stay in large groups if possible.

You can also add reflective material to your clothing and carry a flashlight. Both will make you more visible to drivers on dark roads.

If you’re a driver this Halloween

If you plan on drinking this Halloween, the best thing you can do for yourself and everyone else on the roads with you is to find a sober driver before you go out. That way you’ll already have a ride home planned and you won’t be tempted to drive your own vehicle.

If you spot a Halloween drunk driver, don’t hesitate: pick up the phone and dial 911 and provide police with as many details as possible.

If you’re hosting a party this Halloween

Before you host a Halloween party you should brush up on social host laws in your state. You may be liable for any underage drinkers at your party, and you can also be responsible for people who leave your home and drive under the influence.

Do your part by collecting car keys and ensuring that no one under the legal drinking age has access to alcohol.

Halloween is supposed to be scary, and knowing the roads could be clogged with Halloween drunk drivers may be the scariest thing you experience this holiday. Follow these tips, stay safe, and you’ll have fun on the spookiest night of the year.

Happy Labor Day From Guardian Interlock

happy labor dayYou’ll always have the memories, but the summer of 2017 has now officially wound down and it’s Labor Day again.

Guardian Interlock would like to wish you and your family a safe and happy Labor Day, and if you’re traveling, may you have an enjoyable and safe drive.

Happy Fourth of July From Guardian Interlock

happy fourth of july Another year has come and gone, and it’s the fourth of July again. Guardian Interlock would like to take this opportunity to wish you a safe and happy fourth of July.

Because the fourth of July is well known as one of the deadliest days on the road for driving, while enjoying the holiday, be sure that you stay sober if you plan on being behind the wheel.

 

 

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving From Guardian Interlock

happy thanksgiving Guardian InterlockThanksgiving is a time when you gather with friends and family to commemorate the year that’s just passed and look forward to the upcoming holidays. It’s also a day that officially kicks off the holiday season, and those festivities could mean a surge of drunk drivers on the roads.

Stay safe this Thanksgiving by saying yes to an enjoyable meal with family and your favorite game on the TV, while at the same time saying no to drinking and driving. When you hand the keys over to a sober driver, you can enjoy your time spent with friends and loved ones without stress or worry.

Guardian Interlock wishes everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving 2016.

Halloween Drunk Drivers Could Be Really Scary This Halloween

Halloween drunk driving On Halloween, if you’re not terrified by the ghosts and ghouls around every corner, the random haunted houses and grave yards that pop up in your neighborhood, or the scary costumes you might see on Halloween night, you should definitely be terrified of the drunk drivers who think Halloween is their night to howl.

Halloween has so many drunk drivers that the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that 55 people died because someone else was alcohol-impaired behind the wheel. 52% of all traffic crashes on Halloween were due to a drunk driver, and even pedestrians weren’t safe. Innocent kids trick or treating were involved in 36% of fatal Halloween crashes due to drunk drivers.

That’s a lot of people who went out to have some Halloween fun and had their night end in tragedy, and it’s not just drivers over the legal blood alcohol limit of .08 who are out on the streets. Some of the most dangerous drivers are those who are just “buzzed” from a beer or two and think it’s perfectly safe to drive.

Because of that, Halloween is the best time of year for this reminder that buzzed driving is still considered drunk driving, and there are a few steps you can do to stay safe and keep your loved ones safe during Halloween.

  • Even if you’re only having one drink, plan not to drive by getting a cab or asking a friend to be your driver
  • If you spot a drunk driver on the road, even if you’re in doubt at all, call 911 and report that driver to the police
  • Taking out trick or treaters? Make sure your little ghosts and goblins are covered in reflective tape and stay on the sidewalks in well lit areas

Drunk drivers cause crashes every day, and a lot of them probably think they’re fine to drive too. Whether  it’s Halloween or any day of the year, never trust that you’ll make the right decision after drinking alcohol.

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