Any business that relies on others to provide transportation of materials or people has to have some concern about the sobriety of its drivers. As such, it’s not unheard of for a company to install ignition interlock devices in all owned or leased vehicles, to eliminate the chances of an employee damaging property or potentially injuring or killing someone while on the clock.
An ignition interlock device is commonly used as a consequence for a criminal drunk driving offense. In those cases, a driver usually has a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent or higher, although many states have criminal consequences for lower BAC readings, too. If that driver holds a commercial driver’s license (CDL), the BAC limit is at .04 percent, even if they are driving a personal vehicle at the time of their arrest or the DUI incident.
Whether your drivers hold a CDL or just use your company cars, the benefit to an ignition interlock is clear. When a company relies on the same technology as courtrooms across the U.S., that business has less chance of being held liable for damages or worse if an employee drinks and drives.
Voluntary ignition interlock installations aren’t only available to companies. Many families are installing the devices to reduce the chance of a DUI in their own household, for similar reasons. It is always better to be safe than sorry, especially if alcohol has ever been a factor in a driver’s past.
Ignition interlock devices can be used in company cars, trucks or SUVs, as well as other types of vehicles. Increasing safety on the streets is the job of all responsible adults, and keeping your business (or personal) assets intact is one more reason to explore how a voluntary interlock installation may be a smart move for you, your business and the roads outside your company headquarters.