Picture of a male driver using the Draeger Interlock 7000

Alcohol safety specialist partners Renault Trucks to prevent drink-driving

Published:  23 October, 2017

Alcohol safety and training specialist AlcoDigital has joined Renault Trucks to showcase and offer alcohol safety devices for their latest range of LCV Master business fleet vehicles.

Vehicles fitted with the device, called the Draeger Interlock 7000, will be displayed at the Freight in the City exhibition on 7th November 2017.

The device requires drivers to pass a breathalyser test before they can start the engine.

If the driver fails the test, the Interlock automatically disables the vehicle for a pre-specified period set by the company. The device can then request further tests throughout the journey.

Drink-driving continues to pose a serious threat to road users in the UK. In August this year, eight people were killed on the M1 after a lorry driver fell asleep at the wheel. The driver was subsequently found to be well over the UK legal drink-drive limit.

Alcohol interlock devices are already required by law to be fitted to the vehicles of convicted drink drive offenders in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, The Netherlands, Sweden and – most recently – Poland.

A Finnish study from 2013 carried out over a period of four years showed that interlock devices significantly reduced a person’s likelihood to relapse, with only 6% of convicted drink drivers re-offending compared to a rate of 30% for all convicted drink drivers.

Cost has been cited as one of the main reasons for not introducing the interlock device in the UK sooner. If provided separately, the current retail price is around £1,500 + VAT before fitting. However, Renault customers who wish to upgrade their fleet to include the AlcoDigital Interlock will be offered a significant discount as part of this initiative.

Suzannah Robin, who has been an alcohol and drug safety expert at AlcoDigital for more than 14 years, said: ‘As many as 6,500 deaths could be prevented annually if drink driving was eliminated in Europe.

‘Several studies have already shown that an alcohol interlock fitted to a vehicle, where a driver has to pass a breath test prior to being allowed to start the engine, has been very effective in cutting repeat drink driving offences.

‘We are delighted to be working with Renault Trucks to help improve road safety and reduce drink-drive related deaths.’

Grahame Neagus, head of LCV UK & Eire for Renault Trucks, said: ‘This fully supports our stance on providing products that are pushing the boundaries in compliance and safety in road transport.’

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