Alamo Automotive El Paso Texas Ignition Interlock Specialists

Alamo Automotive El Paso Texas Ignition Interlock Installers

Guardian Interlock is pleased to announce that Alamo Automotive Center in El Paso Texas has joined our family of Guardian Ignition Interlock specialists. Alamo Automotive Center offers complete auto repair, specializing in diagnostics, repairs, maintenance, and service. They are also a licensed Texas State vehicle inspection station, and provide quality vehicle repairs that are backed with the best warranty in the business. They’ve built their reputation on honesty and integrity and their goal is to get your vehicle back on the road quickly and efficiently at the best value. Their experienced technicians will install your Guardian ignition interlock and provide comprehensive device training on the proper use of your car breathalyzer unit.

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Alamo Automotive Center is an independent automotive repair and service facility that have been serving driver’s in El Paso for over 20 years. They are conveniently located near the heart of the city’s eastside on Montana Ave, in between The Lamplighter and Hawkins Driving Center. They specialize in both import and domestic vehicles, and all of their work is guaranteed. Insuring honesty and good communication with experience and fair prices is what they believe in. They have an A+ rating with the El Paso Better Business Bureau. We are glad to have them on our team!

Arrested For DWI, Now She Drives Around In A Pink Barbie Car

Photo by MashablePeople will do some pretty creative things to get around after a driving while intoxicated (DWI) charge. Some people will ride bikes, others will take the bus, and some people will drive a pink Barbie car to get from class to class on their University campus.

If you think that sounds like something out of a sitcom you’d see on TV, you’re not alone. The people who have spotted a 20 year old co-ed driving a pink Barbie car around are sharing her picture on social media and blasting the horn when they see her. Most people think it’s funny, but what’s not funny is why she’s driving a Barbie car in the first place.

The 20-year-old Texas State student was arrested on DWI charges on March 4th. Her arrest came after she refused to submit to a breathalyzer test, resulting in an automatic license suspension of 180 days. She was subsequently charged with DWI, and when that happened her father took away her vehicle and left her with a bicycle to get around campus.

But it’s hot in Texas, and if you ask anyone who has ridden a bike around campus, they’ll tell you it’s not the ideal mode of transportation. In order to have something motorized to drive around on, the student in question purchased a hot pink Barbie Powerwheels from a little girl. Now instead of walking or riding her bike around campus, the student drives her Barbie car.

She may only be rolling at 5 mph per hour on the road, but photos of her driving her Barbie car have gone viral online at a speed no one could have predicted. Although some articles commented on how funny it was, people are now wondering if she’s making a mockery of DWI.

With Texas leading the country in alcohol-related crashes and Texas DWI laws recently changed to require ignition interlock devices for all offenders, it’s a really bad time for anyone in the state to thumb their nose at the penalties from a DWI. Odds are a judge may not look to favorably on her finding wheels again so soon after she was required to give up her drivers license either.

In the meantime, this is one student who’s enjoying the notoriety that her DWI has brought her, and that’s not a good thing no matter what state she lives in.

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Extreme Sounds Odessa Texas Ignition Interlock Center

Extreme Sounds Odessa Texas Ignition Interlock Installers

Guardian Interlock is pleased to welcome Extreme Sounds into the family of Guardian Interlock Ignition Interlock specialists. Extreme Sounds is our Guardian Interlock certified service center in Odessa Texas. They do interlock installation, service, reporting, interlock calibration, and monthly reporting. Extreme Sounds specialty is “extreme” vehicle customization’s. The can chop, drop, and customize your ride just how you want it! They do super high-end audio as well (Extreme Sounds) and also do custom box fabrication… including ATV’s and boats!

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The Extreme Sounds shop is easy to find… they are located at 404 W University Boulevard, across the street from Odessa College, between Henderson Ave and Ranchland Ave, right next door to Absolute Auto Glass in Odessa. They feature four vehicles bays and two Guardian Interlock certified technicians that will install your ignition interlock device and provide comprehensive training on the use of your car breathalyzer system. They will also uninstall your ignition interlock when you are done with the program. You may also come to this location for your scheduled monitoring, monthly or ad hoc reporting, and ignition interlock device calibration.

It’s A Law! All Offender Ignition Interlock Law Passes In Texas

house-bill-2246-texasTexas has always had a reputation for doing things bigger than any other state, but some things they’ve been doing bigger aren’t something to be proud about. Texas has been leading the nation in drunk driving deaths since way back in 2013 when over 1,300 people died in drunk driving crashes.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that drunk drivers cause an incredible 40 percent of all traffic deaths in the state, and it was a drunk driving crash that led to the bill that could put a stop to these senseless tragedies.

House Bill 2246 has had a long road to get to the point where it was signed into law, and when it came to be there was one person who was thrilled that something she never believed could happen had come to pass: Carol Levin, House Bill 2246’s biggest supporter, has been pushing for years for it to pass, and now that it is law she can finally feel as though she’s made her son’s death count for something.

In 2007, Todd Levin and his fiancé Raelynn Healy were stopped at a stop sign when a drunk driver plowed into the back of their vehicle and hit them while going 80 miles per hour. Both Todd and his fiancé died, and since that point his parents have been fighting to have people convicted of drunk driving be required to use ignition interlock devices.

When House Bill 2246 went into effect, all offenders who want to drive during their period of drivers license suspension will be required to install an ignition interlock device. Texas is now the 25th state to enact an all-offender ignition interlock law.

If other states with all-offender ignition interlock laws are any indication, Texas will be seeing a significant reduction in alcohol-related traffic fatalities. Every life matters, and thankfully Texas has finally found the way to stop drunk drivers from getting behind the wheel and driving again.

This Might Be The Summer Of The Ignition Interlock

summer-igntiion-interlockIgnition interlock laws are sweeping the United States this summer, and there are good reasons why. Ignition interlocks are supported by organizations like Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and have been found to reduce the likelihood a drunk driver will drive intoxicated again by 67%.

There are 21 states with all offender ignition laws, and that number could increase by the end of the year. In the meantime, there are a lot of new ignition interlock laws coming into effect this summer.

Texas

Texas driving while intoxicated (DWI) laws have been harsh, but as far as penalties go, ignition interlock devices were never really part of the big picture. Now anyone convicted of DWI in Texas with a blood alcohol content less than .15 has the option to install an ignition interlock instead of losing their driver’s license. Prior to the new law, those drivers wouldn’t have been able to drive to work, school, or transport their families.

Connecticut

Connecticut already has an all offender ignition interlock law on record, but July 1st was the day Connecticut closed off loopholes that let offenders avoid their ignition interlocks. Now all DUI offenders, including those people who were ordered to participate in an approved alcohol education program, must install ignition interlock device in their vehicles. The length of time the device will be required depends on whether the driver was over the age of 21, if they are a repeat offender, and if they refused or failed a blood alcohol test.

DMV officials said the length of time drivers are required to use the device depends on whether they are over the age of 21, whether they are a repeat offender and whether they failed or refused a blood alcohol test.

The roads in the United States are getting safer and safer as more ignition interlock laws are phased in. Let’s hope by 2016 more states have passed new and improved ignition interlock laws.

Drunk Parents Choose 13 Year Old As Their Designated Driver

13-year-old-drunk-drivingWhen you become a parent, you take on a set of responsibilities that you’ve never had before. You need to care for and teach another human being how to make the right choices, and you have to put your own needs behind those of your child. Unfortunately some parents are going to fall short occasionally, as is the case in Texas when two drunk parents had their 13 year old drive them the 30 minutes to their home.

A couple spent the night in an Austin nightclub recently along with their 2 daughters, ages 13 and 7. When they left the club and were clearly intoxicated, their 13-year-old daughter decided they were too drunk to drive. She felt it would be safer if she drove them home, and they agreed.

While she was driving she was running stoplights, driving erratically, and going too slow for the speed limit. A concerned motorist called her into the police because he saw her almost crash three times, and he thought he was witnessing a case of drunk driving. She was stopped shortly after. Police found the 13 year old behind the wheel, the parents in the back seat visibility intoxicated, and open alcohol in the vehicle.

On one hand, it’s good that the parents recognized they shouldn’t be drunk driving, but handing the keys over to a 13-year-old child is never a good idea. Instead of calling a cab or a licensed designated driver and getting the entire family home safely, they’ve put themselves in a situation where they’ve both received child endangerment charges, and that’s a state-jail felony.

There’s a reason why kids under the age of 16 don’t drive vehicles, so if you’re drunk remember that choosing your child as a designated driver should never be your option for a safe ride home.

It Was The Opossum, Not The Drinking And Driving

Sometimes when you’re driving along and concentrating on your driving, things can happen that will make your heart pound faster for a minute or two. It could be something like another driver swerving into your lane or someone suddenly slamming on their brakes. No matter what it is, as long as you’re in control of your vehicle you should be able to recover and drive safely on.

But when you’re drinking and driving, you can’t recover as quickly. Drinking alcohol affects your coordination, reflexes, and vision, so if something jumps out at you unexpectedly, you might not be able to regain control of your vehicle.

OpossumThat’s what happened to a man who crashed in San Antonio, Texas recently, and he actually blamed the cause of his crash on an opossum jumping out and scaring him. He plowed his vehicle straight into a parked car, then drove into a yard and crashed into a closed garage door.

When officers arrived at the scene of the crash, they discovered alcohol in the driver’s vehicle, and although he shared the story of how he swerved to avoid the sudden appearance of the opossum, it didn’t wash with the local law enforcement—he was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated (DWI) and will now face charges.

It’s a bad time to be a DWI offender in Texas. Fines run as high as $2,000 for first time offenders with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) under .14, and can go as high as $4,000 if you’re BAC is over .15. You can also receive up to 180 days in jail and will lose your driver’s license for up to one year.

The only light at the end of the tunnel for DWI offenders is that the state recently passed House Bill 2246, offering first-time offenders the option of installing an ignition interlock device so they can obtain a restricted driver’s license. With a restricted license, they’ll be able to drive normally as long as they don’t try to drink and drive.

Maybe the driver really believes the opossum caused him to lose control of his vehicle, but if he wasn’t drinking and driving, the odds are good that he’d have been able to recover and drive home safely.

This Is Who The Texas Ignition Interlock Law Will Stop

texas-ignition-interlock-lawTexas is on the brink of passing an all offender ignition interlock law, and if the case of a recent driving while intoxicated (DWI) offender is any indication, it can’t come a moment too soon.

51-year-old Bobby Joe Ealoms was recently sentenced to four years in prison after he pleaded guilty to DWI. He was arrested after a traffic stop for erratic driving, and when his blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was tested, he was found to be at 0.208.

Driving with double the legal limit of BAC is bad enough, but this was Ealoms fourth DWI. He has previous DWIs from 1990, 1994, and 1997, and following his most recent arrest, he was required to not drink alcohol and to install an ignition interlock device in his vehicle to stop him from drinking and driving. He choose to violate those conditions by drinking alcohol, having someone else blow into his ignition interlock device, and driving without his ignition interlock device.

As of right now, Texas DWI law requires repeat offenders like Ealoms to pay up to $10,000 in fines, spend 2 to 10 years in jail, and lose their driver’s license for 1 to 2 years. Three time and subsequent offenders are charged with a felony and are also required to install an ignition interlock for at least 50% of the supervision period.

Ealoms is a prime example of one of the chronic repeat offenders that Texas is struggling to crack down. With the proposed harsh new ignition interlock laws, first time offenders may not become repeat offenders like Ealoms. That’s because ignition interlock devices are proven to reduce the likelihood that an offender will drive drunk by up to 67%, and if this strict requirement is part of first time DWI penalties, the odds of decreasing the amount of drunk drivers on the roads in Texas are good.

Cases like this are also a good reminder that drinking and driving is a choice made by the driver. No one else is forcing you to drive while drunk, so think about the outcome before you get behind the wheel.

Texas All-Offender Ignition Interlock Bill Onto The Next Step

texas-all-offender-ignition-interlock-billHere’s another reason why you don’t want to mess with Texas—a new all-offender driving while intoxicated (DWI) bill has passed the Texas House this past week, and now that it’s on the way to the Senate, the state may soon require all DWI offenders in the state to install an ignition interlock device in any vehicle they drive.

Sponsored by State Rep. Jason Villalba, House Bill 2246 will change existing laws to give a first-time DWI offender a restricted driver’s license if they install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle. Current laws only require ignition interlock devices for repeat offenders as a condition of their probation and first offenders who have 0.15 blood alcohol concentrations (BAC) or greater at the time of their arrest.

The lone star state is known for a lot of positive things in the United States, but they’ve never set out to have the distinction of the most DWI-related deaths. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), the state led the country in drunk driving deaths with 1,337 deaths and over 15,000 people injured in 2013. The local chapter of MADD testified in favor of House Bill 2246 this past April, and urged the committee to consider the bill.

Ignition interlock laws are sweeping the nation—there are currently 24 states that require ignition interlock devices for all offenders, and organizations from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control have supported ignition interlocks for all drunk drivers. That’s because they’ve been found to reduce the likelihood of a repeat DWI offense by up to 67%, and with all offender ignition interlock laws like the one on the table in Texas, more lives will be saved by the devices.

Who’s up next for an all offender ignition interlock law? The way the new laws are sweeping the nation, all 50 states may have ignition interlock requirements for first offenders sooner than later.

New Location:
Trailer Hitch Depot of Beaumont, Texas

Trailer-Hitch-Depot-logo-lgThere is a difference between getting the job done and getting the job done right. Trailer Hitch Depot of Beaumont, Texas has been doing the job right since 1997. That’s why we are proud to welcome Trailer Hitch Depot as the newest Guardian Interlock service provider, offering installation, monitoring, calibration, and all aspects of ignition interlock service.

Trailer Hitch Depot’s owner and staff have a total of 100 years of experience at everything to do with towing.  In addition to being experts at helping customers select and attach the right kind of hitch for safe and efficient towing, they offer truck bumpers, truck lighting, nerf bars, fender  flares, truck trailers, and a full line of accessories.  Customers come from Port Arthur, Lumberton, Groves, Nederland, and towns and cities throughout the Gulf area to take advantage of the Depot’s top-flight service.

Trailer-Hitch-Depot-Guardian-Interlock-locationWilliam Westbrooks, the owner, is onsite daily to oversee all installations. The shop offers the same expertise taking care of your ignition interlock needs as they do with all their offerings. They’ll get you on the road expertly and efficiently.

If you need an ignition interlock in Beaumont Texas or anywhere in the Texas Gulf, call 1.800.499.0994 or go here to make an installation appointment or obtain more information.

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