No. The IntoxBox does not record any test results. We only track how many tests have been taken and monetary transactions.
According to NHTSA, a Self-Test is any breathalyzer test taken by an individual not under the direct supervision of a law enforcement agent. An Administered test is a breathalyzer test taken on an approved evidentiary breathalyzer where a law enforcement agent is directly supervising or administering the test. Self-test results are not admissible for either prosecution or defense for drinking and driving related incidents. The IntoxBox is classified as a Self-Test.
To date, none of our bars have experienced an increase on their liquor liability insurance, though some have seen a decrease when the bar included the IntoxBox into their liquor server training. IntoxBox also names its operators and bars as additional insured on our policy, so if there is a legal dispute pertaining to the IntoxBox, we are the first to defend the lawsuit.
Bar breathalyzers have traditionally been distributed by franchise entrepreneurs looking for a passive, side income. A lot of these people are hoping to make a quick buck, but lose interest quickly if they experience difficulty. Without accountability or a reputation in the industry to preserve, this type of distributor is a recipe for disaster. However, other breathalyzer manufacturers don’t seem to care whether their equipment is being properly maintained as long as they get the up-front sale.
IntoxBox has recognized this issue and is willing to compromise short term easy sales for long term consistency. We’ve made it our policy to only distribute through established vending equipment operators. These companies have the infrastructure to maintain equipment cost-efficiently as they are already maintaining several kiosks at each location (Jukeboxes, Pool Tables, Big Buck Hunters, etc.), and they also appreciate the importance of quality maintenance to keep their clients happy.
For these reasons, vending professionals have proven to be the only dependable way for IntoxBox to distribute our kiosks.
There are 3-types of breathalyzer sensors; semi-conductors, infrared, and fuel-cells.
Semi-conductors were the original technology used in early breathalyzers, but have been losing popularity because of poor accuracy and dependability. These sensors are recommended to be replaced every 100-200 uses.
Infrared sensors are believed to be the most accurate type of sensor, but are easily ruined if misused. These are often times used at police stations in controlled environments, but are highly vulnerable to the type of usage that can happen in a bar.
Fuel-cells, also used in law-enforcement field test breathalyzers, have become the commercial breathalyzer industry standard because of their durability and accuracy. Fuel-cells are intended to last 3-4 thousand uses, and maintain accuracy in between calibrations for months at a time. It should be noted that not all fuel-cells are the same quality. In our R&D, we tested several fuel-cells from different manufacturers and settled on the highest performing one, which is coincidentally used in law enforcement units.
The IntoxBox is very accurate when used properly. What does this mean? It means that a breathalyzer measures the percentage of alcohol in a person’s breath, but the number we really care about is a person’s blood alcohol content. In order for a person’s breath alcohol content to match up with their blood alcohol content, two things must happen:
- All alcohol from a person’s last drink must be out of their mouth – this is referred to as mouth alcohol. When you take a drink, even if you are completely sober, the alcohol in your saliva will be picked up by the breathalyzer and will cause a false high reading. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that it takes roughly 5 minutes for mouth alcohol to clear from a person’s pallet.
- All alcohol must be absorbed into your bloodstream. Breathalyzers give you a snapshot assessment of where your blood alcohol content is at that exact moment. However, it can take 20-40 minutes for alcohol to be consumed and enter a person’s blood stream, depending on the person and other variables like food consumption. Meaning, you could take a shot of liquor and blow into a breathalyzer 10 minutes later, and that shot would likely not register on your breathalyzer reading. It’s recommended to wait 20 minutes after your last drink, but your BAC is a moving target. It can be moving up or down and a breathalyzer will only be able to tell you where you are at that exact moment.
The IntoxBox has the simplest calibration of any breathalyzer in the world, and it generally takes 30 seconds to perform the calibration and another 30 seconds to ensure that the calibration was successful. We provide a video tutorial to our operators that walks through the process.
IntoxBox prides ourselves on our work in reducing drunk driving. If you would like to get involved, either as an individual or organization, please contact us.
Examples of this would be the work we have done with DDi, a sober ride company, to cross-market our services through events. We’ve also worked with Jack Daniels on a campaign in which we set IntoxBox kiosks to be used for free for 2 months in an effort to raise awareness.