Why is My Taxi Driver Using a Car Breathalyzer?
Have you ever heard of car breathalyzers in taxis or even ride-sharing vehicles? It might seem a little bizarre at first, but these companies may be taking extra steps to make sure their customers are receiving safe rides. European countries are already taking advantage of the Interlock Devices. In the UK, for example, there is pending legislation that states Ignition Interlocks could be installed into many public transport vehicles, like buses. And in Finland, the Interlock Device is mandatory in school buses.
These measures raise a question for people who rely on services like taxis, buses or ride-sharing apps to get a safe ride home. How do you know if you’re really safe from an intoxicated driver? And how else could you know that you are safe from a drunk driver behind the wheel unless there is an Ignition Interlock Device installed? Let’s go over how an Interlock Device could create a peace of mind for riders who use these public transportation services.
The Safety Tool Against Drunk Driving: Ignition Interlock Devices
If you’re familiar with an Ignition Interlock, you know that these devices are the only tools that can physically prevent drunk driving. When a driver must blow into the device before starting the car, there’s an incomparable feeling of reassurance that you are getting a safe ride home. Why? Because an Interlock Device has a set breath alcohol concentration limit, and if the test results meet or exceed that set point, the vehicle will not start.
A few years ago, an Uber driver was terminated for driving with a revoked license and driving while intoxicated with a BAC of .22. The legal driving BAC limit in all U.S. states is .08, except for Utah at .05.
Is it about time that Uber, Lyft and public transportation like buses and taxis require Interlock Devices in their driver’s cars? If the UK and Finland are enjoying safer roads with mandated Interlocks, can we adopt these measures as well in the U.S.? Time will only tell if these companies take advantage of the only technology that can stop drunk driving. If you do have any questions about a voluntary or fleet management Interlock program, Smart Start can assist at (800) 831-3299.
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