Axxess Unlimited (AZIA) Cites Growth of Ignition Interlock as a Predictor of Potential Growth for Interlock Reporting System
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Sept. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Azia Corp. d/b/a Axxess Unlimited (PINKSHEETS:AZIA), “Azia”, “Axxess Unlimited” or “the Company,” cites the Ignition Interlock as a predictor of potential growth for the Interlock Reporting System.
“Management strongly believes that with the steady year-to-year growth of Ignition Interlock, our exclusive patent for the Interlock reporting system technology, and the continuing need for drunk driver behavior modification, that Axxess is positioned for significant recurring revenue growth,” commented Michael D. Roth, CEO and former judge and former criminal defense attorney.
An ignition interlock is a breath test device linked to a vehicle’s ignition system. When a convicted drunk driver wishes to start his or her vehicle, he or she must first blow into the device. The vehicle will not start unless the driver’s Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) is below a preset level. Costs of the interlock are borne by the offender.
Ignition Interlock has experienced 20% growth year-to-year since 2007. There are currently 300,000 Interlock systems in use in the U.S. Management believes there is a significant opportunity for growth for one of its leading products, the Axxess Interlock Reporting System (“AIR”).
AIR works with Ignition Interlocks, a technology that prevents a car from starting if the driver has been drinking. AIR combines patented evidence log technology allowing courts, law enforcement, The Department of Transportation and other approved parties to keep track of all evidence without risk of tampering or modification. Axxess has positioned itself as the leader in this technology.
“Axxess has spent the last several years designing and researching a product specific to the middle man, working closely with the manufacturers and the states. Through a vast patent search there is only one patent on the transparent ignition interlock reporting system, U.S. Patent Number 8059003. Management believes we are the only company who is focused on this particular area. Axxess has the exclusive licensing rights to use it within our Interlock Reporting system,” Roth continued.
Recent statistics from the Department of Justice state that over 1.4 million drivers were arrested for <acronym>DUI</acronym>s related to alcohol or other drugs. That is less than the 1% of the 147 million self-reported episodes of alcohol-impaired driving among U.S. adults each year, as reported at the 2010 World Safety Conference.
Leading industry sources reference how Ignition Interlock has been proven to significantly reduce drunk driving. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Ignition Interlocks are effective in saving lives and reducing drunk driving repeat offenses by 67 percent. Specifically, all offender Interlock laws, when implemented well, are found to reduce repeat offenses significantly. An Interlock is more effective than license suspension alone, as 50 to 75 percent of convicted drunk drivers continue to drive on a suspended license.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website states that partly as a result of all offender ignition interlock laws in Oregon and Arizona, drunk driving deaths are down in these states by 52 and 51 percent respectively. Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s (MADD) website states that Interlocks saves lives, referring to recent statistics stating that 17 states and a California pilot program, covering a total population of over 13 million, have laws requiring Ignition Interlocks for all first time convicted drunk drivers. Ignition Interlock is experiencing an estimated average 20% annual growth.
Drunk driving has a significant impact upon the nation’s economy. The NHTSA reports that alcohol-impaired motor vehicle crashes cost more than an estimated $37 billion annually. In 2010, more than 10,000 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes – one every 51 minutes.
With the Ignition Interlock, individuals with a history of driving while intoxicated will be unable to do so as easily. The devices also work as behavior modification and reinforcement tools. The individual receives an immediate consequence of not being allowed to drive their vehicle which can lead to quicker and longer lasting changes in behaviors. Another benefit is this alternative form of punishment reduces the number of people who are placed in jail. For overburdened prison systems this can definitely be an advantage. Ignition Interlocks enhance public safety by giving the eligible alcohol offender the option of having an ignition interlock device installed on his or her vehicle, helping to ensure safe and legal driving.
Axxess Unlimited (Azia) offers superior processes and technology to a wide range of industries, bringing complete solutions to customers, covering planning, design, implementation and on-going profitability enhancement. Axxess operates its business through three operational groups, the Ignition Interlock Group, the Auto Dealership Tracker Group and the Online Marketing Group.
For more information, please visit www.axxessunlimited.com.
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