Ohio lawmakers are currently considering a bill that would require first-time
drunk driving offenders to install an
ignition interlock device (IID) on their vehicles. The law – House Bill 469 – has been named
"Annie's Law" in memory of an Ohio woman who was tragically
killed by a drunk driver. It is designed to take a hard line on DUI offenders
and act as a deterrent that may lower rates of repeat DUI offenses.
HB 469 would expand Ohio laws requiring mandatory installation of an IID
to first time DUI offenders. Currently under Ohio law, only repeat offenders
are required to install IIDs if they wish to retain driving privileges.
The law also stipulates that installation of the IID would come after
any license suspension sentences have been served.
Annie's Law has received widespread support from local and national
organizations, including Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), the Ohio
State Medical Association, and the National Safety Council. Some, however,
have opposed HB 469. Requiring all first time DUI offenders to install
an IID, they state, would result in a loss of judicial discretion, or
the judge's ability to determine fair punishment depending on the
circumstances and situation of a defendant. Opponents also state that
the law could result in an increase in trials and administrative license
hearings, creating more burdens for the criminal justice system.
While Ohio lawmakers debate on whether or not to pass Annie's Law,
similar legislation has already been passed in other states. A large part
of the shift toward stiffer driver's license penalties in DUI cases
comes from federal agencies like the National Traffic Safety Board and
National Highway Traffic Administration, both of which
advise states to adopt laws requiring IIDs for first time DUI offenders.
Although California has no statewide law mandating IID installation for
all first-time offenders, many jurisdictions throughout the state do.
Additionally, courts may use discretion to order IID installation in cases
involving drivers with high blood alcohol content (BAC) levels, or other
If you have questions about DUI and IID requirements, or have been arrested
for DUI and wish to learn more about your rights,
contact an Orange DUI lawyer at the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. for a personalized case