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PH26451.jpgRemote alcohol monitoring helps parents feel more secure about their investment in their child's college education

CYPRESS, Calif., June 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- SOBERLINK, Inc., a technology company based in Southern California, has developed a discreet, wireless breathalyzer for secure remote alcohol monitoring that is currently being sought after by parents of college-aged students. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, binge drinking is the most common form of excessive alcohol consumption in the United States. Binge drinking, defined by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism as drinking four or more alcoholic drinks for women and five for men within the span of two hours, brings a person's blood alcoholic concentration to 0.08 or above.


Among college students, binge drinking is on the rise with more than 50% of college students affirming that they drink excessively within any given two-week time period.  Over three million college students drive while intoxicated annually and more than 1,800 college students die from alcohol-related deaths, in addition to other alcohol-related injuries and consequences. For parents of college students who are making huge investments into their children's education, these statistics can be alarming. SOBERLINK's handheld device monitors sobriety by automatically sending breathalyzer results to a cloud-based website for review, increasing safety among college-aged students and providing peace of mind for their parents. SOBERLINK's monitoring device has a built-in camera for user verification and cellular module for wireless transmission, and can be used for sobriety testing routinely, multiple times per day, or only on certain days of the week, depending on the parent's preference.

According to one parent, "My child's grades were slipping dramatically and we suspected that alcohol abuse might be playing a role.  We made the ultimatum that SOBERLINK had to be used or we would stop paying tuition.  Since we started using SOBERLINK to monitor her sobriety, her grades have improved and she confessed that drinking was contributing to her poor grades. The device has also given her an excuse with her peers when she needs a reason to refrain from drinking."  SOBERLINK's Automated Monitoring Portal stores unlimited sobriety reports and offers automated features such as text messages reminding participants to test, and direct text or email alerts sent to designated contacts upon event of a missed or positive test.

About The Company

SOBERLINK, Inc. is a technology-based company that develops products to streamline and automate the alcohol monitoring process. SOBERLINK's initial product holds the title of the first handheld breathalyzer to remotely monitor a person's blood alcohol content using wireless technology. The company was founded in 2010 and is now headquartered in Cypress, CA. Call 714-975-7200 or visit to learn more.

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Heather Fitzgerald, Marketing Manager
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  (November 2012).  Fact Sheets--Binge Drinking. Retrieved from

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Screen Shot 2013-05-21 at 9.45.32 AM.pngBy Victoria Fregoso

BILLINGS - It seems like just about anything can be done with the internet. And now, this includes the ability to request a breath test from DUI offenders on demand. It's called SoberLink. "What it is, it's a mobile breathalyzer test. It's a unit that allows them to implement the 24/7 program but have the flexibility to go anywhere in the United States or in this case, anywhere in the country," said Christopher Friedel of Friedel LLC and Freedom Bail Bonds of Billings.

The 24/7 program here in Yellowstone County requires offenders with a pending DUI charge or those convicted with driving under the influence, to provide a breath sample at the jail twice a day to prove sobriety. With SoberLink, there's no need for travel. "What will happen is they will randomly get a text message to their smart phone, or regular phone saying they have to submit a report. And at that point they will turn the unit on and submit a report that gets shipped to our secure online website where our supervisor makes sure that everyone is five by five."

At any given time, Yellowstone County has up to 150 enrolled in the 24/7 program. Technology like SoberLink cuts down jail traffic. "It is an amazing technology and we're continuing to see technology evolve in this area as the justice system continues to deal with the situation of overcrowding in our detention facilities while at the same time, recognizing what a serious problem DUI is, especially here in Montana," said Rod Souza, Chief Deputy Attorney for Yellowstone County.

The cost to operate SoberLink is around $300; all of which is paid by the offender. "So there's no having to increase taxes, no having to get more people to implement this. And that's kind of the beauty of it," said Friedel.

The device is ideal for those living or working outside of the county. And there is no tricking it, the device captures your photo and tracks your current location with GPS. It can even capture BAC levels as low as .002.

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OPG_LOGO_jpg.jpgWritten by The O'connor Professional Group

SOBERLINK has been one of our core tools at O'connor Professional Group for our case management clients who struggle with alcohol use and are trying to get sober. When we first teamed up with SOBERLINK, utilizing this tool was a no brainer for us from the case management side - we could easily agree with the general premises behind the device. As we are often hired by the family of someone struggling with substance abuse, having the ability to constantly monitor sobriety and report on it had huge value to us, and the families with whom we work. And, having our clients stay accountable to something that monitors their sobriety multiple times per day worked well with the kind of deeply involved community based case management services we provide.

What has been surprising for us has been how well the clients have responded to using the device. The combination of convenience, innovative technology, and the ability to back up their progress in sobriety has really resonated with our clients. One client in particular claimed that doing the SOBERLINK 3 times each day was the most helpful thing he had ever done in early recovery. We anticipated more difficulty than we have had in getting people to buy into using the device, and several of them have expressed how much they like it. The knowledge of the transparency of the reports seems to help people to motivate themselves to stay sober. One could easily see this as being a more punitive, authoritative measure, but that has not been our experience in using the device.

In our roles as case managers, we have to walk the delicate line between a supportive advocate for each client, and the person who helps them to set and hold sober accountability on a practical level. When wearing these two hats, the easier to don for most people is that of supporter; it's fun and gratifying to boost your clients when they experience personal milestones and success in staying sober. It can be a more difficult conversation to say, 'Hey look, you committed to do this and you haven't done it.'

SOBERLINK has really helped with this, and almost eliminated the need for our case managers to ask about alcohol use. The device itself holds the accountability, and given how convenient it is for our clients, they usually don't mind using it. This frees up the case manager to support the client, and also, missed tests are a pretty good indicator that something else could be going on. We are very grateful to have this tool in our arsenal and anticipate continuing to use it for the foreseeable future.

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Soberlink logo_HIRES copy.pngCypress, CA -  SOBERLINK, Inc., a Southern California based technology company, has just revealed that US Patent No. 8,381,573 has been issued for their next generation remote alcohol monitoring device. The company has already gained significant attention for their automated alcohol monitoring products and has the distinction of manufacturing the world's first ever handheld breathalyzer for remote monitoring of a person's blood alcohol content using wireless technology. SL1 was the first product from the company, and this device made use of an external cellular module for the transmission of data. SL2 or SOBERLINK 2 is the advanced version with many user friendly enhancements.

SOBERLINK was founded in 2010 by Brad Keays, the present CEO of the company. Within a brief tenure, SOBERLINK has done well to stay ahead of the competition by coming up with a product that has yet to be matched by any other similar device in the industry. The SL2 device is equipped with unique features including an internal Verizon cellular module, GPS antenna, high definition camera, and Dart fuel cell sensor. This device is capable of transmission of data to an online cloud storage known as the SOBERLINK Monitoring Web Portal. The monitoring parties can activate the device on this secure website, and all reports are delivered in real-time to their online account.

SL2 has already proven to be an excellent tool for applications like treatment addiction programs and criminal justice. Talking about the utility of the device, a pioneer of alcohol monitoring in the United States and Director of Professionals Health Services at Promises Treatment Centers, Dr. Gregory Skipper recently said, "SOBERLINK appears to be the most user-friendly, sensitive and specific way to monitor alcohol abstinence. My prediction is that SOBERLINK will soon replace all other forms of alcohol monitoring."

Explaining the reason behind its increasing application in the criminal justice arena, the Senior District Judge, State of Texas, Vickers L. Cunningham, Sr. says, "Soberlink has revolutionized breath testing for criminal justice. The offender understands that if they are consuming alcohol in violation of a court order, we are going to find out instantly and also know where they are located.  Even the most technically challenged individual can use Soberlink and send a report. Soberlink works. Soberlink changes lives." SL2 is also being used successfully to provide real time evidence in child custody related legal proceedings.

To find out more about the state of the art remote alcohol monitoring products from SOBERLINK, please visit

About the Company

SOBERLINK, Inc. is a technology based company that develops products to streamline and automate the remote alcohol monitoring process. SOBERLINK's initial product holds the title of the first handheld breathalyzer to remotely monitor a person's blood alcohol content using wireless technology.  The company was founded in 2010 and is now headquartered in Cypress, CA.  Call 714-975-7200 or visit to learn more.

Heather Fitzgerald
Marketing Manager, SOBERLINK
Phone: 714-975-7200

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Screen Shot 2013-01-29 at 1.11.36 PM.pngThe SOBERLINK 2 is a mobile breathalyzer that tests a user's blood alcohol content, takes their picture and records their location.

But what really makes the device stand out  is what happens after.

"Just wait 60 seconds and it'll send a report to the monitoring center and let us know the results of the test," said Jefferson County Probation Department Senior Probation Officer Todd Murrock.

The device does it all and in real-time.

It's so accurate it's giving judges the confidence to let more people stay out of jail - at least those charged with alcohol-related crimes.

It saves taxpayer dollars and gives people a chance to stay at their home and keep their jobs while on probation or awaiting trial.

"It's been very effective in getting folks out on pretrial release that are incarcerated and unable to make bail," said Darcy Pitkin, county probation officer.

The Probation Department says the device saves the county nearly $100 for each day a person is monitored with it - instead of being held in jail.

The department is currently using 6 of the SL2 devices.

But if things continue to go well, the county will be getting more.

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20586536_BG1.jpgBELMONT (FOX 25 / - On the Belmont High School Wikipedia page, it's known simply as the "luau school."

In 2005, several Belmont High School students were rushed to the hospital with alcohol poisoning.

The dance ended early that year, and 12 students were suspended.

Since then, Belmont High School administrators have slashed the number of dances every year at the school and reduced the hours.

However, that hasn't reportedly stopped students from showing up drunk.

Interim Superintendent Dr. Thomas Kingston says Belmont is putting together a plan to reduce drinking at school functions, and it involves the use of breathalyzers.

The students will be educated as to how the small device can detect even trace amounts of alcohol in the body.

Dr. Kingston says the tests will be administered by Belmont police officers who will meet student as they come through the door.

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Soberlink's Wireless Mobile Technology is Being Used by Airlines and Other Industries to Monitor Pilots, Physicians and Other Professionals Struggling with Alcohol Abuse

CYPRESS, Calif., Jan. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Studies have shown that ten to fifteen percent of physicians and airline pilots will have a problem with addiction during their lifetime. Alcohol is prominent among these populations, and can affect many other professionals as well. Professionals Treatment Programs offer specific treatment elements for attorneys, doctors, airline pilots, and other licensed specialists. A key element for these treatment programs involves intensive monitoring to decrease the risks associated with relapse. SOBERLINK, Inc., a technology company based in Southern California, has developed a revolutionary breathalyzer designed for discreet remote alcohol monitoring. This wireless, handheld breathalyzer monitors sobriety in order to increase safety when professionals, such as doctors or pilots, are allowed to return to work following treatment for alcoholism.

SOBERLINK is seeing growing interest from both the airline industry and medical boards that are aggressively utilizing this new technology to monitor recovering health professionals within their treatment programs. The innovative alcohol monitoring system is being promoted by some of the most respected doctors in the addiction treatment community, including Dr. Gregory Skipper - Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, and Director of Professional Health Services for Promises Treatment Centers in Los Angeles. The high level of media attention currently surrounding the airline industry, including this summer's blockbuster movie, Flight, and a recent arrest of an airline pilot in Minneapolis, MN, has also attributed to the pertinence of SOBERLINK's alcohol monitoring technology.

Dr. Gregory Skipper is the U.S.'s foremost authority on alcohol monitoring and has worked with SOBERLINK's technology for over a year. According to Dr. Skipper, "Aftercare monitoring programs for airline pilots and other professionals are essential to protect the public when professionals in safety sensitive positions are allowed to return to work. SOBERLINK is brilliant in its simplicity and comprehensive in its results. It is a tool that will soon replace all other forms of alcohol monitoring." Dr. David Bryman, International Senior Aviation Medical Examiner for the FAA, has also been using SOBERLINK in his program. "The recent high profile news in the airline industry has simply shed light on the importance of alcohol monitoring in all industries where safety is the utmost importance. SOBERLINK's ease of use now removes the hassle and substantial hurdles that we faced in the past in getting real-time confirmation of alcohol abstinence."

The current SOBERLINK product is a breathalyzer with a built-in camera that wirelessly transmits a person's blood alcohol content (BAC), GPS location, and real-time photo to secure cloud storage within sixty seconds of taking the breath test. SOBERLINK's Monitoring Web Portal stores unlimited sobriety reports and offers automated features such as text messages reminding clients to test, and direct text or email alerts for the monitoring party upon event of a client violation. The device can be used routinely, multiple times per day, or prior to a flight or surgery in order to confirm the BAC of the pilot or surgeon. SOBERLINK's real-time reporting and automation create the perfect monitoring tool.

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SOBERLINK, Inc. is a technology based company that develops products to streamline and automate the alcohol monitoring process. SOBERLINK's initial product holds the title of the first handheld breathalyzer to remotely monitor a person's blood alcohol content using wireless technology. The company was founded in 2010 and is now headquartered in Cypress, CA. Call 714-975-7200 or visit to learn more.

Doctors quoted in article available for interview upon request.

Soberlink, Inc. is a technology based company that develops products to streamline and automate the alcohol monitoring process. Soberlink's initial product holds the title of the first handheld breathalyzer to remotely monitor a person's blood alcohol content using wireless technology. The company was founded in 2010 by CEO, Brad Keays and is now headquartered in Costa Mesa, CA. Call 714-975-7200 or visit to learn more.

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Screen Shot 2012-12-21 at 10.02.03 AM.pngStarting next month, Marines at Camp Pendleton and other bases will be subject to random Breathalyzer tests twice a year under what is billed as the toughest anti-drinking policy in the U.S. military.

An order issued last week by Lt. Gen. R.E. Milstead Jr., deputy commandant for manpower and reserve affairs, calls for any Marine or sailor who tests positive at .01% or higher to be referred for counseling. Any Marine or sailor who tests .04% or higher will be referred to medical personnel to determine their fitness for duty.

Milstead's order notes that while the new order "is primarily for deterrence and education," nothing precludes commanders from handing out punishment. Each unit will have a staff non-commissioned officer to act as the alcohol screening program coordinator.

In California, a driver with .08% blood alcohol is considered drunk, and his or her driver's license is immediately suspended. A single drink can lead to a positive test of .01%.

In September, a study by the U.S. Institute of Medicine, sponsored by the Department of Defense, found that binge drinking among military personnel in all branches has increased. In 1998, 35% of personnel admitted to binge drinking in the previous year. In 2008, the last year for which statistics were available, that figure had risen to 47%.

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Screen Shot 2012-07-18 at 11.09.05 AM.pngBY HEATHER R FITZGERALD

When alcohol dependence is a factor in a child custody battle, the ruling may seem frightening for all parties involved.  According to the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare, 1.08 million parents of minor children were admitted to the public treatment system within a year.  With this staggering number, many states have instated policies for drug and alcohol testing to determine the custodial eligibility of a parent.  However, without a way to monitor a parent in real time for alcohol use, an ex-spouse has no absolute assurance that the child is in the hands of a sober parent.  That is why judges and family law attorneys all over the country are turning to the product called SOBERLINK to provide what is stated in the product's name - a link between a person and sobriety.

Prior to SOBERLINK, Family Law courts were primarily using EtG urinalysis to test parents for alcohol use.  Along with being invasive and inconvenient, this type of testing is highly susceptible to false positives.  In a 2012 advisory report, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) determined: "Biomarkers, however, should not be used as the sole screening tool in light of their low-to-moderate sensitivity and specificity, and in the case of EtG, because of exposure to alcohol from sources other than drinking."  Dr. Gregory Skipper of Promises Treatment Center recently completed a study comparing the SOBERLINK product and EtG testing, and determined SOBERLINK more reliable than the EtG method.  He went on to say "SOBERLINK appears to be the most user-friendly, sensitive, and specific way to monitor alcohol abstinence.  My prediction is that SOBERLINK will soon replace all other forms of alcohol monitoring."

SOBERLINK is a handheld breathalyzer with a built-in camera that wirelessly sends real time reports of an individual's alcohol sobriety to cloud storage for remote access.  This unique technology is a convenient and reliable way for parents to prove accountability to one another or to the courts.  Each sobriety report includes the person's blood alcohol content (BAC), GPS location, real-time photo, and time of report.  This information is sent directly to the Monitoring Web Portal where the parent can log on to their account to view real time reports of their ex-spouse's alcohol sobriety. The web portal allows for automated text reminders to be sent to the parent being monitored when reports are due and direct alerts to be sent to designated contacts upon missed or failed tests.  With the easy access of real time reports, SOBERLINK is the perfect option for parents who need evidence in order to add trust into their child's custody arrangement.

Click here to watch the Soberlink Family Video.

    National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare
    SAMHSA Report

SoberlinkPR247.pngSoberlink, Inc.'s alcohol monitoring product receives positive feedback within several prominent treatment centers in the addiction recovery community.
COSTA MESA, CA, July 08, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Soberlink, Inc., a technology-based company that develops products to automate the alcohol monitoring process, is seeing momentous success within the treatment community. The company has continuously enhanced the automation and convenience of their remote alcohol monitoring product in response to the needs of a rapidly growing customer base, including some of the most influential treatment centers in the country. The expanding popularity and confidence in this monitoring product has been promoted by the no-risk 30 day free trial that Soberlink, Inc. offers to their new customers.

The current SOBERLINK product is a breathalyzer with a built-in camera that uses a customized Smartphone to wirelessly transmit a person's BAC, GPS, real-time photo, and time of breath test to secure cloud storage. Soberlink's Monitoring Web Portal consists of unlimited, password protected cloud storage of client sobriety reports, along with downloadable client records, customization of test schedules, text reminders to clients, and direct alert emails and/or texts to supervisors upon missed, late, or failed tests, making the system optimal for immediate action.

The discreet, handheld breathalyzer and real-time remote reporting system with automated functions create the perfect monitoring tool for facilities focused on intensive outpatient care or aftercare monitoring. Roy Thomas, owner of The Bridges Network in Arizona, was eager to contribute his opinion of the monitoring solution: "Ours is an intensive aftercare program where accountability is foundational in helping guide clients successfully through the first tender year of sobriety. SOBERLINK's real-time accuracy, location assessment and user picture feature is rock solid. SOBERLINK is brilliant in its simplicity and comprehensive in its results. We could not imagine a better tool for our efforts." For more information about the no-risk 30 day free trial, call 714-975-7200.

Soberlink, Inc. is a technology-based company that develops products to streamline and automate the alcohol monitoring process. Soberlink's initial product holds the title of the first handheld breathalyzer to remotely monitor a person's blood alcohol content using wireless technology. The company was founded in 2010 by CEO, Brad Keays and is now headquartered in Costa Mesa, CA. Call 714-975-7200 or visit to learn more.

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Screen Shot 2012-06-27 at 11.42.59 AM.pngJune 27, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Probation officers across South Texas will soon be embracing new technology as a way to keep tabs on DWI offenders. A new portable breathalyzer, the SoberLink, will enable officers to administer tests and learn the offender's location at any time during the day. The device can also take a user's picture, and the built in GPS device provides the location of where the test was taken.

Unlike ignition interlock devices, Soberlink provides a number of user conveniences that make BAC testing easier and discreet. It includes text message reminders for testing, real time testing reports, as well as a web portal with detailed instructions. Users will pay on average $80 per month in operating costs for the device. Soberlink is currently being used on a limited basis, but it could be used regularly as law enforcement looks for different ways to monitor offenders.

With rising budget cuts, client loads for probation officers have steadily risen. In Nueces County, Adult Probation Director Javed Syed explained to KZTV News that some officers have as many as 140 offenders to monitor. As such, the Soberlink provides an accurate, cost-effective way to ensure that clients are following the terms of their probation.

Under Texas law, drivers face a number of penalties for refusing alcohol breath tests, including license suspension. However, if alcohol monitoring is part of a court order, offenders risk violating their probation agreement if they do not meet their testing requirements. Probation violations could result jail time and further penalties.

If you have questions about your probation requirements, or are facing revocation, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to learn about your rights and options.

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jockey-popup.jpgBy CLAIRE NOVAK

Dale Romans stood on the apron at Belmont Park on Wednesday morning and offered his assessment of Kent Desormeaux, the Hall of Fame jockey who will not be riding Romans's horse Saturday in the Belmont Stakes.

"You can tell when he's not acting right -- he doesn't ride right," Romans said. "But when the good Kent shows up, he's the best rider in the country, and one of the best of all time. That's what the shame of it is."

Kent Desormeaux is an alcoholic. He has fought the battle long and hard, and although he is a brilliant rider, his personal struggle has cost him much throughout the years.

In the past few weeks, it cost him more: a ride on Tiger Walk in the Preakness Stakes and now, with Romans's decision, any chance of riding Dullahan in the Belmont Stakes. Dullahan, trained by Romans, was made the favorite to the win the final leg of the Triple Crown after I'll Have Another was declared out.

Desormeaux failed a May 18 Breathalyzer test in New York, a requirement for jockeys on every race day at Belmont. "It was a tough decision on the personal level because we're friends," Romans said. "But it wasn't a tough decision on the business level because he just wasn't in the right frame of mind."

Desormeaux, 42, is a three-time Eclipse Award winner, and horsemen do not doubt his ability. The numbers speak for him; his mounts have earned $243,232,266 in 5,451 victories, including three Kentucky Derby wins, two in the Preakness Stakes, and one in the Belmont (in 2009 with the 11-1 shot Summer Bird). He was on top of his game with Dullahan when he won the Blue Grass Stakes on April 14 and gave his all driving toward a third-place finish by one and three-quarter lengths in the Derby.

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Screen Shot 2012-05-07 at 9.33.19 AM.pngBy: Ted Garcia

Drunk driving continues to be a big problem in San Antonio, and a local judge says he's fed up.

To combat the problem, Judge Carlo Key has turned to a new piece of technology that he hopes will make a life-saving difference.

"Our numbers are off the charts," said Key, "And I worry on a daily basis for the safety of the people on our roads and our families."

Key says what happened this past Fiesta should be a wake-up call. He's talking about the 373 D.W.I. arrests, which is a 45% increase from 2010. He says it takes 20 to 24 hours to try a D.W.I. case on average.

"So, just based on that, if we were to try all the cases that we picked up during this past Fiesta alone, that's 9,000 hours of trial time, " said Key. "So, that's 1,000 work days, eight hours a day truing these cases."

Recently, Judge Key came across a new took that he says could make a difference.

It's a device called SoberLink that remotely monitors a person's sobriety.

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   •  Eliminate paperwork?
   •  Send test results to secure cloud storage?
   •  Take a verification photo of client during the test?

    That's because only one breathalyzer does.

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Screen Shot 2012-01-24 at 2.55.01 PM.pngSOBERLINK is getting serious attention in the treatment community for launching the first handheld breath analyzer to remotely monitor a person's blood alcohol content.  This break-through technology sets a new standard for aggressive alcohol monitoring and creates an entirely new revenue stream for after care.  While SOBERLINK addresses the need for remote monitoring, current in-house alcohol testing remains inefficient.  To satisfy this need, SOBERLINK ONSITE was created to offer a cost effective, accurate, and convenient means of in-house testing.  This new feature allows facilities to monitor multiple clients using one SOBERLINK Breath Analyzer.  Below are reasons to upgrade your alcohol-testing program to SOBERLINK ONSITE.

SOBERLINK compared to standard breathalyzers:

Consistency and traceability is often sacrificed due to the tedium of manually recording BAC reports.  Since SOBERLINK ONSITE wirelessly sends each client's BAC, photograph, and time of report to a password protected monitoring website, the need for pen and paper is eliminated.  

SOBERLINK compared to Urinalysis:

SOBERLINK ONSITE provides instant, accurate results in contrast to urinalysis, which can show false positives from incidental exposure to alcohol in food, and a variety of household products.  Along with providing reliable results, ONSITE is a cost effective alternative to lab processing.

Cloud storage and report management:

The SOBERLINK Monitoring Website stores unlimited sobriety reports and has report management options to provide a facility with unprecedented knowledge and accountability of its testing program. 

• Cost effective, solution for in-house monitoring
• Detailed sobriety reports: BAC, client photo, time of test
• Paperless testing and cloud storage of reports
• Report management for improved documentation  
  (insurance reimbursable with CPT code #82075)
• HIPAA compliant for user confidentiality
• DOT certified breath analyzer

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862674_732639.jpgPhoto: Volunteers in the Sunday Times alcohol-testing experiment get an education in drunk driving and knowing their limits Picture: SIMPHIWE NKWALI

By: Monica Laganparsad

It took just two beers for Bryan Rufener, 32, to be over the legal alcohol limit - making it illegal for him to get behind the wheel of a car.

The self-confessed Joburg binge drinker thought it would take a lot more to put him over the legal limit.

He admitted that, in the past, he had driven after having had at least a dozen beers. ''This has been an eye opener for me. I am completely surprised by these results. I would never have thought that two beers would put me over the limit. ''

Rufener, who weighs 73kg and is 1.77m tall was among a group of nine volunteers who participated in a Sunday Times experiment to test how many drinks it took before it would be illegal for them to drive - as well as how people react differently to booze. The exercise was done under the expertise of a panel which included a paramedic, a trauma doctor and a breathalyser analyst and revealed that:

   • There is no standard for how many drinks would place you over the limit;
   • Beer is way more dangerous than, for example, whisky;
   • One needs at least one hour to allow each glass/tot/beer to wear off; and,
   • One can beat the breathalyser, but fail a blood test.

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111-matt-hardy-mug-ex.jpgFormer wrestling champ Matt Hardy was kicked out of court-ordered rehab today for failing a breathalyzer test ... this according to multiple sources.

Earlier this year, Hardy was ordered to go to rehab by the court after a string of run-ins with the law.

We're told the staff at the rehab got suspicious of Hardy's behavior on Friday and gave him a breathalyzer test on the spot ... which he failed. According to our sources, Hardy was adamant he wasn't drinking ... and said he only failed because he had "just used mouthwash."

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alg_scram-bracelet.jpgBy: Kenneth Lovett

ALBANY - Convicted drunk drivers who don't install breathalyzer-like devices in their cars might have to instead wear alcohol-detection anklets under a bill being unveiled this week, the Daily News has learned.

The bill would make it more difficult for those convicted of drunk driving to avoid having BAC monitors installed in their cars before they drive again.

Anyone claiming they no longer have a car in order to avoid having to install the device would be required to strap on an device similar to one Lindsay Lohan once sported.

Under a part of Leandra's Law activated last year anyone convicted of drunken driving is required to have an ignition interlock device installed in their car for at least six months - or surrender their license.

But the Daily News reported in August that out of 2562 convicted drunk drivers in the city just 528 - 21%- had the device installed. Statewide, just a third are now said to have complied.

Officials said the boozehounds have gotten around the law by transferring the title of their vehicle to a friend or relative or getting rid of their cars altogether for the minimum six month period they would be required to install the ignition interlock devices.

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MINNEAPOLIS -- An AirTran pilot suspected of drinking was arrested and removed from a flight at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Saturday.

AirTran says the captain was removed from the airplane and replaced with another pilot before the flight to Milwaukee. Airport spokesman Pat Hogan says a TSA manager smelled alcohol on the captain and called airport police. They gave the pilot a Breathalyzer test and found the captain's blood alcohol level at .05 percent -- above the limit of .04 percent for commercial pilots.

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Jack Mizer's prison sentence after receiving a DUI might have seen harsh, at first. There are, after all, plenty of cases in which such egregious conduct drew lighter sentences. In Gilbert, for example a young man who was drunk when he killed a police officer in 2006 received less than half that time in prison.But drinking and driving had landed Mizer in prison before. And prosecutors said his behavior left them little choice but to ask for a harsh penalty when he was sentenced earlier this month. It was his ninth drunken-driving conviction.

Mizer's case highlights a persistent problem, experts said. Though Arizona's drunken-driving laws are touted as the nation's toughest, it has proven extremely difficult for authorities to prevent alcoholics from ignoring court orders and state laws.

Short-term remedies like Breathalyzer locks and license revocations to keep people from climbing behind the wheel do not ensure that drivers, particularly alcoholics, will adhere to their punishment or seek treatment. The only real insurance is vigilant police or concerned citizens.

Mizer's, according to court records, is a textbook case. He was an admitted alcoholic who repeatedly drove despite the fact that his license was suspended.

Mizer, 58, had been out of prison fewer than six months after serving an eight-year prison sentence for drunken driving when he was stopped by a Gilbert police officer last February. He was cited for aggravated DUI and driving with a suspended license.

Six months later, Mizer was arrested again for the same offenses after a man saw Mizer escorted out of Dub's bar and restaurant in Mesa. He was placed on a bench near a Circle K before he "stumbled across the parking lot to a white truck" and drove home, according to court documents.

The witness followed Mizer home, saw him weaving across the center line, and called the police after Mizer pulled his truck into his driveway. When police arrived, Mizer was passed out behind the wheel with the keys in the ignition, according to court documents.

Now, Mizer will be in his 70s when he is released from prison.

Although Mizer's sentence was unique, experts said there are many other drivers like him.

Nationally, about 15 percent of drivers convicted of DUI will reoffend, said Kelly Larkin, executive director of Mothers Against Drunk Driving in Arizona. During the course of its DUI enforcement last year, the Governor's Office of Highway Safety found that more than 1,600 - or nearly 10 percent - of the 18,000 drivers cited for DUI reported having a prior conviction.

But the amount of time drivers are drunk behind the wheel before they are caught is of a greater concern to Larkin.

"The average driver drives drunk 87 times before their first arrest," Larkin said. "The chances of it being their first time are probably pretty slim."

One potential law-enforcement solution is a repeat-offender program operated by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, which aims to identify and target drunken drivers who are caught frequently.

The program is crucial in the Valley, where a driver can be cited for DUI by up to 20 different police agencies, plus county sheriff's offices and the Arizona Department of Public Safety, and end up in more than a dozen different court systems.

The courts check state Motor Vehicle Department records to determine if a suspect's right to drive is cancelled, revoked or restricted because of a DUI conviction, said Aaron Harder, chief of the county attorney's Vehicular Crimes Division.

If any of those factors are true, or if the driver was convicted of a DUI within the past seven years, the suspect can face felony charges of aggravated DUI, Harder said.

Mizer, having already served time in prison for felony drunken driving, was considered a repeat offender, a factor that led to his 20-year prison sentence.

"Frankly, it amazes me that he has not been involved in a collision or seriously injured or killed someone. It astounds me," Harder said. "He's just been fortunate."

Yet letters written to the judge before Mizer received his sentence indicate he left victims behind, including his son.

"Jack is a good man, but he is a very lonely man," Mizer's girlfriend wrote in asking the court for leniency. "I think what happens is that the loneliness sets in, and he clings to that bottle."