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Will Ignition Interlock Devices End Drunk Driving?

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 DUI cases. "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.