"Lohan-Proof" Your German-Market Volvo For 850

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer
lohan proof your german market volvo for 850

Around the world, drunk driving is a deadly problem without an easy solution. After all, the link between driving under the influence and generally screwing up your life (and the lives of others) has been conclusively proven, and yet the problem continues. What to do? Volvo’s answer: buy a Volvo and spend €850 (plus up to €90 for installation) on “Alcoguard,” a dealer-installed optional breathalyzer ignition interlock. With this system in place, drivers must blow into an interlock, proving that they are beneath the legal blood-alcohol-content limit before the vehicle will start.

Similar systems are used as probation terms for repeat DUI offenders in several US states, where they have been effective yet controversial. But, as Sebastian Renz puts it in a column in the latest print edition of Auto Motor und Sport

Nobody consciously drives drunk. And anyone who might drive drunk isn’t going to buy this device

Needless to say, we couldn’t agree more. And we applaud Volvo’s decision thus far to not waste money trying to market this pointless feature on US-market Volvos. On the other hand, maybe they are missing an opportunity: like all pointless vehicle options, this one might actually do quite well in the Los Angeles area.

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  • Znork Znork on May 28, 2010

    Pointless? Fleet buyers love alcolocks. Lawmakers loves alcolocks. Other than cost there is no good reason they shouldnt be mandated on all new cars.

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    • Bryanska Bryanska on May 29, 2010

      I agree. Solve the issue right then and there. Maybe I can quit seeing all those drunk driving ads on TV. Because it'd be OVER. Except for a few people finding ways around it. Why is stability control becoming mandatory, and not alcohol interlocks? if we're really as concerned as we say we are, why not implement a solution?

  • Robert Schwartz Robert Schwartz on May 28, 2010

    So what does this thing do that a rubber bulb won't get around?

  • Porschespeed Porschespeed on May 29, 2010

    Starting with LEOS... http://www.pulledover.com/Missouri-DWI-News/labels/Law%20Enforcement%20Officers%20Charged%20with%20DWI.html There's a different standard that applies, at least until you kill FOUR innocent civilians. Even then, 'the law' is there for you, far more than any normal citizen...

    • John Fritz John Fritz on May 29, 2010

      Not even The Thin Blue Line will be able to save her ass.

  • Otrivin Otrivin on May 29, 2010

    Some fleet buyers are already buying cars with Alcolock. Example from Denmark: Wall Street Journal April 10 2010: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB20001424052702304703104575174242543577012.html "Even under the new rules, drivers of Carlsberg's 600 beer trucks, vans and cars can still drink up to three bottles of brew daily. But now company vehicles come equipped with an Alcolock, a device drivers must blow into before turning on the ignition. If the device detects excessive alcohol, the vehicle won't start. Mr. Christiansen says the Alcolocks are fine, so long as the company doesn't take away the suds. "A driver usually has one beer on his lunch break, another after his shift and maybe he gives the third one away," says the 40-year-old, who quit driving a truck two years ago to be a union rep."