Ignition Interlock Devices – Get The Facts

Written By Alla Levin
April 30, 2020
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Ignition Interlock Devices – Get The Facts

Every day 29 people are killed from impaired driving accidents in the USA alone. This results in an annual cost of over $44 billion.

For this reason, there are more preventative measures now in place to reduce accidents caused by drivers under the influence.

Tougher Laws

At the moment there is zero-tolerance for any drivers caught under the influence who are below the age of 21. The minimum alcohol level of 0.08% is actively tested and enforced.

Community-Based Approaches

Armed forces and civil servants are reaching out to schools, prisons, and high-risk communities to educate about the dangers of impaired driving.

Increased Taxation

Increasing the taxes on alcohol sales has raised the price per unit.

Ignition Interlock Devices (IIDs)

These breathalizer style devices are attached to the controls of the car so that the driver cannot start it if he or she is under the influence.

The IIDs although a strong preventative measure has been problematic as well.

The purpose of the IID is to separate drinking and driving altogether, and in certain cases, drivers have actually been penalized for failure to pass it, as in the car didn’t start.

There is a legal debate as to whether the driver should be penalized for this as the preventative measure works on its own, the car won’t start unless the driver is sober.

In Massachusetts, 10-year license revocations have been put in place for Initial Start Interlock Violations.

In any case, the license reinstatement procedure must be strictly adhered to.


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