What is an Ignition Interlock Device?
Being sentenced to install an ignition interlock device may feel overwhelming. But there are simple ways to live and work with this system. Plus, these devices can help keep our streets safe for everyone. Ignition interlock devices are easy to operate and will help curb future visits to the courtroom. It also allows the consumer to continue on with normal life, and drive legally at the same time.
The new interlock technology is so much more reliable than in the past. The devices cannot be tampered with, and at the same time, won’t drain the battery in a car or cause any other technical problems with driving. An ignition interlock system is becoming more common all over the country. In fact, at least 13 states have mandatory interlock device laws.
An ignition interlock system is a small device about the size of a cell phone. It works by measuring the amount of alcohol in an individual’s system. If the device registers over the set limit, the car will not start. If the driver’s breath test is below the pre-set limit, the car will start, however, there are required re-tests that must be performed during the course of the drive. This prevents a driver from having someone else start the car, or having a drink once the car starts.
Thanks to new technology, it is impossible to trick or dismantle the system without a violation being recorded. As long as the driver is abstaining from alcohol, there will be no problem starting the vehicle. This is why another reason ignition interlock devices are so reliable, safe and effective.
Compared to other punishments that can be handed down in court, an ignition interlock system is an affordable option. The devices cost about two to three dollars a day. This is much cheaper than having to pay fines, attend DUI classes, pay insurance premiums, and more. Ignition interlock devices are cost-effective and they work to keep the streets safe for everyone.
Numerous studies have been conducted in states where ignition interlock systems are being used more readily as punishment. Many of these states are reporting a huge drop in re-arrest rates once the ignition interlock system is installed. This is why more and more judges and courts are using ignition interlock systems as punishment, including those drivers convicted for the first time.
Ignition interlock systems allow drivers to go on with their normal lives, and not disturb the lives of their family members. This means a consumer can still drive his or her kids to school and get to work without facing any obstacles. A suspended license can be devastating. Meanwhile, an ignition interlock device is a fair, safe and trustworthy method for judges and prosecutors alike.
SAFE. RELIABLE. AFFORDABLE
- Ignition interlock systems can be trusted! They work to keeps the streets safe for everyone.
- These devices are fail-safe, and thanks to new technology, they do not allow for tampering or dismantling without serious repercussions.
- Ignition interlock device fees are just two to three dollars a day, which is much more affordable than huge DUI fines & court costs.
Bill would crack down on drunken drivers with ignition interlocks
The Plain Dealer
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A bill introduced Thursday in the Ohio House of Representatives could put more ignition breathalyzers into the cars of convicted drunken drivers. Sponsored by Republican Reps. Terry Johnson, of McDermott, and Gary Scherer, ...
DUI bill aims to expand use of ignition interlock tool
A “DUI Reform” bill before the Georgia House of Representatives would require “ignition interlock” devices for any first-time DUI offender with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.15 or greater, and for anyone who refuses to take a breathalyzer test or ...
Movement to make DUI laws stricter in Alabama
Drunk driving-related bill very personal for Dubuque family
The Iowa Senate will debate a proposed bill Monday, which would expand the group of convicted drunk drivers required to use an ignition interlock on their car. That's a device that measures the driver's blood alcohol level and prevents the car from ...
93.1 WIBC Indianapolis
Oregon could ease ignition interlock requirements for certain drunk driving ...
According to MADD's statistics, Oregon saw a 42 percent drop in drunk driving deaths after it required ignition interlocks for second-time offenders in 2008 and a 10 percent reduction after the program was expanded to included all convicted drunk ...
Oregon's tough interlock ignition law for drunken drivers should be eased ...
Oregon Senate bill allows exceptions to breath alcohol monitors for some ...
MADD sends letter to Alabama lawmakers to vote yes
“Ignition interlocks are a key component of MADD's Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® and an effective countermeasure in our fight against drunk driving.” In Alabama since 2011, ignition interlocks are required for all repeat and first-time convicted ...
MADD urges new legislation
Law Proposing Interlocks For OVI Offenders Presented At Statehouse
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A new law presented at the Ohio Statehouse on Thursday will require an ignition interlock device to be installed on the vehicle of all convicted drunk drivers, including first-time offenders. It is a Breathalyzer that is installed on ...
IGNITION LOCK: Drink Driving Bill Advocated
Members are advocating for a bill that would expand requirement for ignition interlocks for convicted drunk drivers. In Iowa, ignition interlocks are required for all repeat convicted drunk drivers and first-time offenders with a blood alcohol ...
MADD supports lifesaving ignition interlock legislation
There are currently 20 states that have similar all offender ignition interlock laws in place. For example, in New Mexico, Oregon, and Arizona, where similar laws are in place, drunk driving deaths have been reduced by 38, 42, and 43 percent respectively.
Family of a Drunk Driving Crash Victim Supports Proposed Iowa Bill
MADD pushing for more ignition interlocks
MADD report shows issues in Wisconsin
Bill on drunken driver use of interlock ignition devices dies in Oregon Senate
A bill that would ease Oregon's strict requirement that drunken driving offenders install interlock ignition devices in their vehicles died in the Senate on Thursday. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Floyd Prozanski, D-Eugene, said there isn't ...
Oregon lawmakers want more time on DUII bill
Activists push for expanded interlock use in Maryland DUI cases
March 07, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- A growing number of states nationwide have passed laws requiring ignition interlock devices for all drivers convicted of driving under the influence -- and some say Maryland could be next. An ignition interlock ...