Alcolock Prevents drink driving.
Protect your drivers. Protect the public. Protect yourself.
The Alcolock 500 has been developed to assist with the prevention of drink driving. Prior to starting a vehicle or machine the operator must breathe into the handset. If an alcohol level over an agreed amount is detected the vehicle will not start.
Just to remind everyone you could still be over the limit in the morning after been drinking so why not put your mind at ease and use Alcolock. It�s the difference between life and death!
Key Drink Driving Statistics
A recent study carried out by the HSE showed that:
- 1 in 3 crashes were alcohol related
- Where Blood Alcohol Count were available for killed drivers over half (58%) had alcohol in their blood
- In 1 in 4 crashes, the driver had consumed alcohol
- 1 in 4 pedestrian deaths related to their own alcohol intake
- 1 in every 2 alcohol related crashed occur on Saturday & Sunday
We pride ourselves in bringing safety to the roads with this intelligent product that is already been extensively used in Sweden, Canada, North America, Australia and could soon become a legal requirement in Europe as fleet managers come under increasing legal responsibility to ensure and demonstrate their drivers are operating at appropriate standards to protect themselves, passengers and other road users.
The Law in Ireland
The legislation dealing with road safety in Ireland is the Road Traffic Act 1961. This law has been updated over the years and following the introduction of the Road Traffic Act 2006 the Gardai now have even wider powers to reduce and eliminate the offence of drink driving.
The introduction of the new powers has made it much more likely that anyone driving under the influence of alcohol in Ireland will be detected and prosecuted by the Gardai.
- The offence of driving a vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant to such an extent as to be incapable of having proper control of the vehicle.
- The offence of driving a vehicle in a public place while there is a concentration of alcohol in your blood exceeding 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood.
- The offence of driving vehicle in a public place while there is present in your body a concentration of 107 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of urine.
- The offence of driving vehicle in a public place while the concentration of alcohol in your breath exceeds 35 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath.
The Effects of Alcohol On Driving
Alcohol is well known to have dangerous and often fatal effects on persons driving skills. Drivers under the influence of alcohol often misjudge there capabilities to drive, some of the effects include:
- Slower reaction times � a decreasing ability to react quickly to a potentially dangerous situation.
- Vision � eye movement and perception are seriously impaired
- Tracking � a person�s ability to see hazards on the road and maintain a correct position on the road is seriously impaired.
- Driver concentration � a person�s ability to focus on driving decreases after consuming alcohol, coupled with drowsiness that can occur after consuming alcohol.
- Comprehension � Alcohol can seriously affect a person�s ability to make rational decision in how they drive.
- Coordination - the ability to drive can be seriously hampered by persons reduced eye/hand/foot coordination
How Does a Breathalyser Work
When alcohol enters the blood through our alimentary canal (mouth, stomach, and intestines) it is distributed through every part of the body including the lungs. As the blood passes through the lungs a quantity of alcohol passes through the alveoli (tiny sacs of air in the lungs). This quantity of alcohol that passes through the alveoli is proportionate to the amount of alcohol present in the blood. By using a breath testing device it is possible to measure this quantity of alcohol that passes through the alveoli, and consequently calculate the persons BAC (Blood alcohol concentration). The ratio of breath alcohol to BAC is 2,100:1, in simple terms every 2100 millilitres of breath will contain the same amount of alcohol as 1 millimetre of blood. For this reason it is necessary for a test subject to blow into the Alcolock for a continuous breath so that a sufficient deep air lung sample is obtained. Failure to do so may result in an artificially low reading. Before you use a Breathalyser, make sure to read the full instructions carefully for proper use. Never drink and drive � the only safe level is zero!