Smart Start Canada ULC Becomes Official Supplier of Québec’s Provincial Ignition Interlock Program

October 4, 2018

DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct 4, 2018--1A Smart Start LLC (“Smart Start”), the world leader of technology and services for alcohol Interlock programs, today announced that its subsidiary Smart Start Canada ULC has been awarded a five-year contract starting December 2018 for managing the Société d’assurance automobile du Québec ’s (“SAAQ”) Alcohol Ignition Interlock Program.

The Quebec crown corporation is responsible for enforcing the Highway Safety Code and the Automobile Insurance Act. With more than 20,000 active participants, Quebec’s Ignition Interlock program is the largest of its kind in Canada. In addition to Quebec, Smart Start’s Canadian operations include Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

“Smart Start is thrilled to continue increasing its footprint in Canada by helping the SAAQ improve road safety across the province with the Ignition Interlock program,” said CEO Matt Strausz. “We are focused on customer service and superior products to change lives. We look forward to serving our first customers in Quebec at the end of 2018.”

Founded in 1992, Smart Start is one of the largest suppliers of technology and services for alcohol Interlock programs, implemented as a sanction or rehabilitative measure for those convicted of impaired driving. Smart Start also provides alcohol monitoring products to criminal justice authorities and persons convicted of a DUI/DWI. Products are designed and built in the U.S., serving clients in the U.S. and 18 other countries, including Canada, with more than 700 employees. Smart Start’s Canadian headquarters is situated in Sherwood Park, Alberta. The company hit its 1-million customer milestone in October 2017.

In addition to its success as a partner with U.S. states, Canadian provinces and other local monitoring agencies to prevent drunk driving vehicle starts, Smart Start works with national organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) to improve Ignition Interlock laws. Currently, numerous governments have enacted all-offender Ignition Interlock regulations that require offenders to use an Interlock after their first DUI/DWI arrest. Studies show all-offender laws help drastically reduce the reoccurrence of a DUI/DWI by changing their behavior and choices.

About Smart Start

Smart Start leads the way in the alcohol monitoring industry as a privately-owned U.S. manufacturer of advanced technology and custom-designed software. Built on convenience, Smart Start’s SSI-20/30™ and SSI-20/20™ Ignition Interlock, and S.M.A.R.T. Mobile™ portable alcohol monitoring device provide the greatest benefit at the lowest cost to both users and monitoring authorities. Our dependable, user-friendly technology is supported by a 24/7/365 Customer Care Center. With an international footprint of nearly 2,000 service locations across the U.S. and in 18 countries, including Canada, Smart Start continues Setting the Standard in Alcohol Monitoring Technology®. For more information, visit  www.smartstartinc.com or https://www.smartstartinc.com/media-center/ for media materials.

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