Recent legislation has been sweeping the nation over the use of ignition
interlock devices (IIDs). Officials have been pushing for a new rule that
would require anyone convicted of a first-offense DUI to install an ignition
interlock device on their vehicles. IIDs require that the driver breathe
into the device and measure their blood alcohol level before being able
to start their car.
Ignition Interlock Devices Used On Every Car
For the past decade, there has been a serious push by lawmakers and anti-drunk
driving organizations to prevent anyone from getting behind the wheel
of a car after they have been drinking. This would not only apply to those
with a drunk driving conviction, but would affect any person getting behind
the wheel. One of the major concerns that surrounds this technology is
the invasion of privacy that would occur when a person is required to
have their blood alcohol levels reported to authorities before they drive.
The legality of these devices will likely be called into question prior
to any device being installed. Further, it is important that any devices
that are installed in the car do not affect standard driving operations.
Both Congress and car manufacturers are working to develop technologies
required to mass-produce a system in cars that would prevent drivers from
getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol in hopes of reducing
numbers of impaired driving accidents, injuries, and deaths on American
roadways. Still, most experts believe it is unlikely that Ignition Interlock
Devices will end drunk driving, and many more believe that they fail to
address the issue of drugged driving.
According to Attorney Virginia L. Landry, Ignition Interlock Devices simply
won't put an end to impaired driving. There is also an issue of courts
requiring IIDS – which can be expensive – in drug-related
"In Orange County, the District Attorney's Office now has special
prosecutors handling the combination alcohol/drug DUI charges. You can
be charged with driving under the influence of your prescribed medication
even if taken exactly per your doctor's orders. So an IID can be ordered
for someone on a drug related DUI even though there is no alcohol in someone's
system. Technology on the IIDs is designed for alcohol cases, not for
narcotics, whether prescribed or not!"
If you have questions about IIDs, DUI penalties, or how the Law Offices
of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. can help you during your DUI case,
contact our firm today.