Alcohol safety and training specialist AlcoDigital has agreed a contract with Renault Trucks to showcase and offer alcohol safety devices for their latest range of LCV Master business fleet vehicles, which will be displayed at the Freight in the City exhibition on 7 November 2017.
Called the Draeger Interlock 7000, the safety devices, which can be included as an upgraded extra at the customer’s request, will monitor drivers by requiring them to pass a breathalyzer test before they can start the engine.
In the event the driver fails the test, the interlock will automatically disable the vehicle for a pre-specified amount of time 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, which are combined with comprehensive rehabilitation programmes, 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.