Now the alcohol interlock becomes safer

A driver was stopped in control, with a bus full of passengers – under the influence of alcohol. The alcohol interlock was bypassed without a blow test.

alcohol interlocks up to today have only been able to offer local alerts on the bus. Only the bus driver has been able to know that he has been blocked, and the log from the system could only be retrieved once a year during service.

Now there is finally an alcohol interlock alarm solution that alerts either via SMS or e-mail to the appointed responsible. Events like where an attempt has been made to blow while under the influence of alcohol, or events where the system is attempted bypassed or manipulated. User errors may also occur.

This solution will be able to automate a driver exchange either by an ID card or driver card in the digital tachograph. When the driver logs off, the system will automatically reset. With this new solution, we can now also distinguish between the types of events that occur and, in addition, send measurement data directly either via e-mail or SMS. Measurement data proves to be a useful tool in the routines that tells you how to handle an event. Some companies have a routine that the police should be notified and called upon at an event, which automatically leads to loss of drivers license. In a case where 0.23 thousandth is detected, this may seem like an overreaction, but at 0.89 thousandth is a very suitable way of handling.

By comparison, if you are stopped by the police with 0.23 as a result of the breath test, you would most likely be told to wait 15 minutes before blowing again. By that time, the level will probably have sunk to below the legal limit. Beyond this, the police’s responses normally penalize up to a 0.50, and loss of driver’s license at a higher level than this.

If we return to this situation mentioned above with th result 0.23, you would with this new solution have the option of reading the log in the alcoloc. For example, it may be found that during the past month, 0.09 – 0.15 and 0.17 thousandth have been blown every Monday, a pattern that could be a good reason for the company to intervene with the employee and initiate auxiliary measures. If the reason that a driver is unable to start the bus with the alcohol interlock is due to user errors, this may also be notified by SMS or e-mail (blows too hard, too short, etc.).

Another thought scenario is a driver exchange at a bus stop – A driver signs off the system, the alcohol interlock is reset and a new driver takes over. The new driver logs in and is told to blow in the nozzle. He can not get the bus started due to blowing too hard / too short. The passengers on the bus sees that he is unable to get an approved test of the alcolock and assumes that the reason is that he is under the influence of alcohol. Some call the bus company or press to alert / complain that the company is driving with alcohol-affected drivers. With the new solution from Metrotek, the bus company can now quickly and easily find out why this driver can not get the started. The bus driver is aquitted of the charge, the complaint is rejected and the bus company can instead offer the driver user training in using the alcohol interlock.

Finally, it is also worth mentioning that using this new edition of alcohol interlock, it is also possible to see which software / software is installed in the system, which could previoulsy only be seen by physical connection to the lock with the right service equipment. With the new solution, Metrotek will now be able to calibrate a handset with the right software and send it out to where the bus is located, as a replacement system. This will not only simplify service on buses which are usually geographically widely spread, but also reduce costs for the end customer associated with this.