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You’ve probably got plans for Super Bowl Sunday, and it probably involves friends, food, and drink, as well as, of course, the Eagles-Patriots game.

Here’s something to ponder: have you thought about getting home after the game? Whether you’re attending a party, just getting together with friends, or heading down to a sports bar, if you’re drinking you’ll need a sober ride home. If you’re hosting a party, you’ll need to make sure that your friends get home safely.

Here are the elements of your Post-Super Bowl safety strategy:

  • Designate a driver now. Don’t wait until the party, and certainly don’t wait until everyone has had a beer.
  • If no one agrees to be a DD, then get yourself dropped off at wherever you’ll be watching the game. Arrange a ride for afterwards. You might get hit by surge pricing if you depend on rideshare services, so keep that in mind.

If you’re hosting the Super Bowl gathering, keep these tips in mind:

  • Ask your guests to arrange their designated drivers
  • Serve food with the drinks. This helps the alcohol get absorbed more slowly.
  • Have non-alcoholic drinks available.
  • Stop the alcohol for the last quarter. You can bring out dessert with coffee as your excuse.

If you’re the designated driver:

  • Drive carefully on Sunday. Not everyone has read these tips, so there will be some impaired drivers out there. You need to be on the defensive.

That’s it. Enjoy the game – see you next week!

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A lot has happened this year. And if you care about drunk driving, you had a lot to think about. At Monitech we’ve been thinking about it too.

We’ve been thinking about all the unintended consequences of drunk driving.  And how things like a lack of sleep can cause students to drive drunk, and why women have it tougher in general in the battle to keep from driving while impaired.

We’ve been thinking about the victims of drunk driving, including controversies about roadside memorials. We talked about how low gas prices equaled more drunk driving deaths.

In trying to keep drivers sober, we delved into the psychology of drunk drivers, and the physiology of drinking and driving.

And then, we were writing about self-driving cars, because everyone was.

We covered a lot of ignition interlock topics, of course. How you can’t fool them. How to explain them away to your date. And why they work to reduce drunk driving deaths.

But mostly, we tried to get the idea across that drunk driving is a really bad idea. It takes some 10,000 American lives each year, and injures many times more than that. It costs the offender a lot, and costs the taxpayer big time as well.

This year, we hope you enjoy safe, sober driving. Keep reading, and keep in touch.

Happy New Year from Monitech Ignition Interlock

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Not much shopping time left before Christmas. If you’re still looking for gifts for your friends, and the Bluetooth-enabled coffee cup doesn’t grab you, here’s one to consider: give them the gift of a designated driver. Specifically, a gift certificate good for one sober ride home after a night of partying.

This gift has a lot going for it:

  • It’s free.
  • It shows you care about your friends.
  • You can have a great time on the night they cash in the gift.
  • You’ll feel great the next morning with no hangover.

There’s no downside, although you really can’t drink alcohol on night your friend selects. But the peace of mind and freedom you’re giving him or her is well worth it.

How to Give a Night of Designated Driving

The easiest way to give your DD gift is to download and print this gift certificate. Fill it out and present to your friend, (or friends – it costs $0 no matter how many you give). Your friend will be touched by your generosity, we guarantee it.

On the night, there’s not much to know. Just:

  • Show up sober.
  • Stay sober – don’t drink any alcohol at all. There are 364 other nights in the year for that if you wish, but tonight’s the sober night, and your friends are depending on you.
  • Get your friend (or friends) home safely. That’s it – you’re the hero.

The first two points are important: there have been studies showing that designated drivers do not always stick to their plan – often they drink, but because they are less drunk than the rest of the crowd, they think they’re able to drive. If your gift is to have meaning, you need to do the right thing and avoid alcohol.

So consider a DD certificate – fast, free, and guaranteed to be well-received by your party-loving friends. And be safe this holiday season.

Alcovisor MARS BreathalyzerIf the surveys are correct, about 90 percent of you are still out there trying to figure out good holiday gifts for at least some of your friends and family.

Here’s an idea for any over-21 who drives and has a drink at least occasionally: a personal breathalyzer.

Give Peace of Mind

A personal breathalyzer can give a driver peace of mind. If you’ve been drinking, you need to wait until all the alcohol is out of your system before you can drive. True, the legal blood alcohol limit is .08 percent (except in Utah, where it’s .05), but in fact, .06 or .07 is still very impaired, and you should not drive if your BAC (blood alcohol concentration) is anywhere near that level. In fact, it’s known that there is no safe level for alcohol in the system when driving.

A good, reliable breathalyzer can let you know when it’s safe to go. They’re a “must have” wherever alcohol is being served.

Choose Your Breathalyzer Well

You’ll want an alcohol screening device that is NHTSA certified – not just NHTSA compliant, which is not the same thing. Monitech recommends the Mars and Satellite from Alcovisor, who make alcohol-detection equipment for law enforcement, and so use the same technology that is approved for police use. Since you’re trying to avoid an encounter with the police, it makes sense to be using the same standards of accuracy that the police will use if they pull you over.

Calibration For Continued Accuracy

A lot of companies make breathalyzers that lose their accuracy after a while, and are then worse than useless. Choose a unit that can be calibrated, as police units are, so you will always get an accurate reading.

A breathalyzer is a great gift: it can keep your loved one safe and out of trouble. This holiday season, consider popping over to the Monitech shopping page and spreading some good cheer – in the form of happy, sober drivers – on the roads this holiday season.

tipping beer glassThanksgiving, among other things, means it’s almost December, and in much of the country, it’s pretty cold. Advisories are out there about snow, ice, rain, and the need for caution on the road.

But there’s another kind of slip that could result in a collision this Thanksgiving – a slip in your resolve not to drink and drive. Many people start an evening with no intention of drinking and driving, but things happen.

  • Someone forgot the whipped cream, and you’re elected to make a run. Even though you’ve been sipping egg not for a couple of hours.
  • You were supposed to be the designated driver, but you had just one drink – what could that hurt? Then another, and all of a sudden it’s time to go and your liver doesn’t know it.
  • A friend or relative thinks he or she can drive home, and you really should stop them. But that would be rude, wouldn’t it?

There are all kinds of scenario that are right on the edge of drunk driving, and all it takes is a slip to fall into it. A moment of weakness, or inattention, and the lights are flashing and you’re in handcuffs. Or worse, you or someone else is injured. Or worse.

So don’t slip. Don’t even go near the edge this Thanksgiving. Make a plan and stick to it. Make sure no one else leaves your gathering unless they have a sober ride home.

Happy Thanksgiving from Monitech Ignition Interlock

thanksgiving-drunk-driving-problemThanksgiving is considered a long weekend holiday. But it’s also the beginning of a season that is anything but festive: the DUI season. Thanksgiving drunk driving is well-known to police. And it doesn’t stop there – arrests tend to stay elevated from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day.

The reasons for this increase aren’t hard to understand. Families and friends get together for Thanksgiving weekend, and then holiday celebrations start by mid-December: office parties, cocktail gatherings, social evenings. There is mulled wine, egg nog, punch, and hard cider, as well as whatever red and green cocktails a creative bartender can dream up. And then, too often, people try to drive home after drinking all that good cheer.

This is not a plea to stop enjoying Thanksgiving. Just to stop Thanksgiving drunk driving. By all means celebrate. But please have a plan in place to keep from having to get behind the wheel if you want to drink.

Line up your designated driver now. Or announce when you arrive at a party that you’re calling a taxi or rideshare home, and you want the world to know it. Your friends will be more relaxed as well, knowing that you’ve got a sober driver lined up.

“Tis the season for drunk driving. But you don’t have to be a part of it.

Happy Thanksgiving from Monitech Ignition Interlock.

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