SAFE | Safety and Advocacy For Empowerment

SAFE - Safety and Advocacy For Empowerment
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Ignition interlocks your path to safer driving.

SAFE (Safety and Advocacy For Empowerment) is committed to promoting safety and rehabilitation through the use of ignition interlocks. Our mission is to empower individuals to make responsible decisions and prioritize the lives of all road users. As the voice of the industry, we drive change by advocating and educating on the importance of this lifesaving technology. Working together we can prevent tragedies and encourage a responsible life after DUI.

Our Mission

The Facts

Smart Start Intoxalock

Attempts Stopped

Over the last decade, Ignition Interlocks stopped 35 million total attempts to drink and drive.

The Facts
Every 39 minutes a person is killed by a drunk driver

Many more suffer life-altering injuries. Alcohol-related crashes also impact our pocketbooks—with economic losses exceeding $44 billion each year. Thankfully, there is effective technology to prevent it. Ignition interlock systems are the only proven solution to stop drunk drivers from starting their vehicles.

See the difference

Repeat Offenses

One-third of all drunk driving arrests are repeat offenses.

Ignition Interlock Technology
How it works

A breathalyzer, about the size of a cell phone, is installed in a vehicle to prevent it from starting if the driver’s Breath Alcohol Concentration (BrAC) exceeds the state’s interlock limit.

These systems increase public safety while still caring for the dignity of the offender.

  • Preventative.

    Unlike license suspension or standalone breath analyzers, ignition interlocks prevent alcohol-impaired drivers from starting their vehicles.

  • Rehabilitative.

    Offenders get to maintain their driving privileges and responsibilities with minimal intrusion.

  • Cost-effective.

    A more economical solution averaging $3/day.

Guiding legislators

What does an effective ignition interlock law look like?

Each state administers its interlock program differently. By providing the most timely technical information and research we guide and support policymakers about legislation, implementation, and compliance best practices that drive informed decisions.

Effective Law Setup
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Data proves ignition interlocks prevent drunk driving incidents and save lives.

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There were 26% fewer fatal crashes in states with all-offender laws.


9% fewer impaired drivers due to repeat-offender laws.


There were 20% fewer fatalities due to repeat and high-BrAC laws.

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