Required Ignition Interlock Systems For All DUI Offenders?

February 1, 2012

A new law has been proposed that could possibly create a blanket punishment for all DUI offenders. According to reports from 9 News, the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act, introduced by a representative from Florida, would mandate that all DUI offenders have ignition interlock systems installed in their vehicles.

An Ignition interlock system is a device prohibits a car from starting without the driver first blowing into breathalyzer tube. If the driver has been drinking, the car won’t start at all. The driver then has to periodically blow into the device as they drive.

Supporters of the bill say that Colorado, where judges have required the device’s use in sentencing DUI offenders since 2008, is a prime example of the effectiveness of ignition interlock systems. The state has the second highest use of the system in the country with 17,000 devices installed on cars in the state and has seen a dramatic decrease in the number of alcohol-related fatalities in recent years. In 2010, there were only 127 deaths attributed to alcohol on Colorado highways. That’s down from 158 in 2009 and 176 in 2008.

While the device may prevent some drunk driving accidents, what about those that are still hurt in crashes from negligent drunk drivers? The Colorado car accident lawyers with the McDivitt Law Firm may be able to help you if you have been injured in a crash that was no fault of your own. Contact an experienced attorney today with questions regarding your case.

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