Stop Drink Driving With Alcolock

Alcolock 500

Alcolock 500

  • The new ‘Alcolock 500’ tests driver’s alcohol limit before it allows engine to be started
  • Alcolock can be fitted to cars, buses or trucks and available to fleet and private drivers
  • European legislation could make Alcolock a legal requirement

As the latest Christmas drink driving advertising campaign reminds everyone of their responsibilities when driving during the festive season, and the morning after, a new product - the Alcolock 500 - is now available that could help reduce the thousands of alcohol-related accidents and casualties that still occur each year.  It tests a driver’s alcohol level and, if necessary, uses a wireless system to automatically prevent the car, van, coach or lorry’s engine from starting.

The Alcolock 500 is a new, hand-held ‘Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device’ with a Police-standard breathalyser that can be programmed to a pre-set or zero-tolerance alcohol limit which the driver has to use before being able to start the vehicle.

The Alcolock 500 can remove any doubt if drivers - of a car, coach or lorry - have excess alcohol in their bodies and can drive responsibly, and legally.  This is especially relevant for fleet managers with increasing legal responsibilities to ensure, and demonstrate, their drivers are operating at appropriate standards to protect themselves as well as any passengers or other road users.  Similarly, parents with young drivers using their cars, and drink driving offenders will also welcome the Alcolock 500.

‘We are delighted to introduce the Alcolock 500 to the UK as it could make a valuable contribution to road safety and, most importantly, save lives,’ said David Whittock, joint managing director of Alcolock GB.  ‘We’ve already had a lot of interest from driving schools, fleet managers and coach and road haulage companies, and initial trials have proved very successful,’ he continued.

‘Drink driving is a problem that needs a multiple solution,’ says Robert Gifford of PACTS (Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety). ‘We need new ways of dealing with the habitual offender and the Alcolock is one such solution.’

The Alcolock 500 can store results of up to 4,000 breath samples which can be downloaded or provide automatic reports.  For the driver’s convenience, the Alcolock does not have to be used if the vehicle is restarted within 30 minutes, while for vehicles with multiple drivers, a ‘drivers reset button’ logs the change of driver and immobilises it until the Alcolock 500 produces a positive result.

Alcolocks are already used in Sweden, Canada, North America and Australia and could soon become a legal requirement in Europe.  For example, the Swedish Government is already drafting legislation to have Alcolocks fitted to all new buses and trucks by 2010, and cars by 2012.

22 November 2007 Staff

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