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      Breathalzyer vs IID: Choosing the Right Tool for Responsible Drinking

      When it comes to making informed decisions about your alcohol-related safety, understanding the differences between personal breathalyzers and ignition interlock devices (IIDs) is crucial. While both tools are used to monitor breath alcohol content (BrAC), their applications and implications differ significantly. 

      Personal Breathalyzer: Your Portable Monitoring Tool

      A personal breathalyzer is a portable device designed for individuals to monitor their breath alcohol content, like the breathalyzers used by law enforcement. These are widely available for purchase and are great tools to use to gauge your level of impairment before deciding to drive. Based on your breathalyzer results, you can assess your sobriety and decide whether it's safe to get behind the wheel. While they don’t prevent a vehicle from starting, breathalyzers offer valuable information to help you avoid the consequences of driving under the influence. 

      Ignition Interlock Device: A Mandated Safety Tool

      Ignition interlock devices use advanced technology and are a court-mandated solution in many states for DUI offenders to prevent alcohol-impaired driving. Unlike personal breathalyzers, IIDs are installed directly in a vehicle's ignition system and require a clean breath sample before starting the car. The IID analyzes the sample for alcohol content and if the BrAC is above a predetermined limit, the vehicle will not start. IIDs are a proven real-time deterrent and a safety measure that helps keep people and communities safe. Intoxalock’s device is the number one IID in the U.S., with IIDs overall preventing more than 29 million attempts to drive while impaired. It’s never too late to make positive changes and responsible choices. 

      When is a Breathalyzer Right for You?

      • You want to monitor your own BrAC for responsible decision-making.
      • You want to get the right level of information to assess someone else’s level of impairment.
      • You don’t require a device to prevent your car from starting.

      When is an Ignition Interlock Device Right for You?

      • You have recently received a court order for one.
      • You've just had a DUI and want to get back on the road quickly and safely.
      • You want to avoid repeat offenses and drive safely.

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      Make Responsible Choices

      Choosing between a personal breathalyzer and an ignition interlock device depends on your specific needs and circumstances. Whether you want to make safer drinking decisions or need to comply with legal requirements, understanding the functionality and purpose of each device can help you come to the right decision.

      If you are considering an ignition interlock device, Intoxalock's state specialists can guide you through the requirements and help find an installation location near you. Call (833) 623-0200. or fill out a form to get a free quote.

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      Drunk Driving DUI Ignition Interlock Devices

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