Bill requires ignition interlock devices after all DUIs

Thursday July 10, 2014

Each year, hundreds of families in Connecticut are left devastated after drunk driving accidents claim the lives of their loved ones.

By working with an experienced personal injury attorney it’s possible to hold drunk drivers responsible for the crimes the devastation they have caused, but most families want assurance that the drunk driver will not re-offend.

A bill was recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that could help offer the families that peace of mind. Alisa’s Law would require all states to implement laws that would force all convicted drunk drivers to install ignition interlock devices on their vehicles for at least six months.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving supports the bill — which was named after the current MADD president’s daughter — and says that it is “the next step in saving lives due to drunk driving.”

MADD reports that some states that have already implemented laws requiring the devices for all drivers have reduced drunk driving accidents by more than 40 percent.

Ignition interlock devices require drivers to pass a breath test before the car’s ignition will start. If the test detects alcohol on the driver’s breath, the car’s engine will remain disabled. Research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that the devices reduce re-offenses by 67 percent and are much more effective than licenses suspensions.

Currently, Connecticut requires ignition interlock devices to be installed after all DUI offenses, including first-time offenses.

Hopefully, if the ignition interlock policies are expanded, additional lives can be saved from drunk driving accidents that are prevented.

Source: Forbes, “New Ignition Interlock Legislation Aims to Save Thousands From Drunk Driving Deaths,” Tanya Mohn, July 7, 2014

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