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Smart Start Interlocks News

Why Keto Breath Stinks (And causes readings on some breathalysers)

February 19, 2020

The process of ketogenesis causes the presence of certain compounds which are not normally found in the breath. The main problem is that these compounds include acetone and isopropyl, causing the odour of cleaning alcohol to be present on the breath.‍


What is an Alcohol Interlock Violation?

January 22, 2020

If you've been on an interlock program or have been researching one, you've probably come across the term 'interlock violation'. It's literally when a condition of an interlock program has been violated. There's many ways this can happen. Read more on what causes it, how to avoid them and what to do next.


7 Resolutions for the New Year

January 3, 2020

Now that the calendars have all flipped over, it's time to say goodbye to 2019 and plan new goals for 2020. Resolutions are commonplace in early January, so we've suggested some sweet driving related goals to inspire you. Ultimately, pick something that feels right and achievable for you.


Wishing you Safe Holidays

December 11, 2019

Once again it's that festive time of the year when you can't find a single store which isn't playing Christmas jingles. However you're spending your holiday season, don't get too carried away by the merry-making. This year we've got a few more simple tips for you


The Hidden Dangers of Alcohol - Medication Interactions

November 7, 2019

How can alcohol affect medication?Alcohol affects medication in a couple of ways. it can either work with or against the effects of medication. If the medication and alcohol work against each other, the medication becomes less effective, reducing or eliminating its benefits to you.


What is an Alcohol Restricted Licence?

October 3, 2019

In Australia an alcohol restricted licence is a condition on a licence which requires the driver to be within a lower BAC limit than the standard 0.05. Read more on the conditions that apply if you have an interlock restricted licence


We're Turning 10!

September 30, 2019

This month Smart Start Interlocks Australia turns ten years old! Although it was only ten years ago that Smart Start Australia got off the ground, its journey started years before that. So what does the future hold?


Alcohol Interlock Device Cost

September 4, 2019

Figuring out the cost of your Alcohol Interlock Device can be difficult when there are so many types of fees being thrown around. The rough cost for an entire program of 6 months including removal will range from $1,300 - $1,700. In this article we'll try to break down all the costs so that you know which questions to ask


Confused about Responsible Drinking? You're not alone

July 26, 2019

From all directions we're told to 'drink responsibly', or that drinking is 'safe in moderation'. Not many people can actually give a clear definition of how to drink responsibly. Here's a quick rundown of the government endorsed guidelines for reducing risk from drinking alcohol


Ethanol in Everyday Life

July 12, 2019

Ethanol (another word for alcohol) can be present everywhere, from the bread on your table to the air freshener you use in the living room. Variations of alcohol from items we use daily can cause problems with breath alcohol testing. We've made a list of common substances that can affect your alcohol reading...


How you can help by staying Dry in July

June 28, 2019

Dry July is a great way to dip in your toes and see what cutting out alcohol can do for you. You might feel some great benefits in the short term. Not to mention that the average Australian will save $1,664 a year by cutting out alcohol.


BAC Tests: Least to Most Accurate

June 11, 2019

So it's probably a question you've asked before, what's the best way of measuring how much alcohol is in your system? We've made a list of all the common methods people use to stab at their BAC, in order of least to most accurate.


Relationship with your service provider starting to feel stale? We're better.

May 16, 2019

At Smart Start Interlocks we don't believe that switching providers should be financially prohibited either, which is why until the 19th of July 2019 we are offering to uninstall your existing interlock and install our own for free (more info on eligibility below).‍


Join the rest of Australia in National Road Safety Week

May 1, 2019

The National Road Safety Week aims to address this issue across all states and territories of Australia, and is something that everyone who uses the roads can get behind. Shien a Light on Road Safety. Get Involved!


The Pros and Cons of Personal Breathalyser

April 12, 2019

Personal breathalysers are a great way to keep yourself aware of your limits and how your body is processing alcohol, provided that you use them with good judgement and common sense. An accurate breathalyser becomes a great tool for keeping on track long after you've successfully completed your alcohol interlock program.


Why is drink driving such a bad idea?

March 19, 2019

Even if you feel fine and able to drive, it's important to recognise that your ability to safely drive declines even at very low BAC levels. Don't put yourself in a position where you're tempted to take a risk, because your alcohol impaired brain might just think it's worth it when it's not.


Never Clock a False Reading Again

February 13, 2019

Here's a refresher course of the steps you should take to help you toe the line and get through your interlock program.


If your New Year's Resolution is to Reduce Alcohol, Read This

January 2, 2019

If your resolution this year is to reduce, control, or quit your drinking, you're not alone. Chances are you've tried before but couldn't make it last. Although at the time you or others around you may have blamed it on a lack of willpower, there's far more to it than that.


4 Holiday tips to keep your drinking off the roads

December 4, 2018

. For many people alcohol plays a role in the festive celebrations, and in moderation that's not an issue. Unfortunately, the way it affects our bodies can cause problems in certain situations involving wheels. Here are some tips to keep yourself and others safe on the road during the busy festive season:


So how does an Alcohol Interlock Device actually work?

November 1, 2018

Have you even wondered what your interlock device actually is? Not just what it does, but how it even works. We could give a long list of all the standards interlock devices are required to meet, but you probably won't find it as helpful as understanding the nitty gritty of what's going on every time you take a breath test.