IIHS Calls for Mandatory Ignition Interlocks for All DUI Convictions

After continued studies, the U.S. Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) is calling for every state to enact laws that would have all drivers convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) required to have an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicles. An interlock is a breath-testing device that a driver blows into before starting a vehicle. If the driver’s breath alcohol content exceeds a preset level, the vehicle will not start.

According to a report by USA Today, the IIHS studied driver records in Washington before and after the state government required all drunk drivers to install interlock devices and found that the law reduced the likelihood of repeat offenses by 12%.

Recently, debates have sprung up across the nation concerning whether interlock devices should be mandatory for all drunk drivers or only those found to be excessively drunk with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of over 0.15%. As of now, there are 15 states that require interlock devices for first-time DUI offenders and 16 states which require it for only high BAC offenders, including Maryland.

If the law was adopted, all drunk driving convictions, from misdemeanor DUIs in Maryland to aggravated DUIs for those with a BAC over 0.15% would be required to install an interlock device. While the IIHS study shows that repeat DUIs decrease when interlock devices are used, opponents argue that passing such a law would cost a state hundreds of millions of dollars and would only have a temporary effect on recidivism.

Any drunk driving charge is a serious matter as the consequences can result in heavy fines, loss of license, jail time, and interlock device installation. A Bowie drunk driving defense lawyer at Alpert Schreyer can defend you or your loved one from drunk driving charges and will aggressively seek to have the charges against you reduced or completely dismissed. For more information, call our offices today at (866) 444-6363.

About Andrew Alpert

+Andrew is one of the leading DUI and criminal defense attorneys in both the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia. He blogs about Maryland DUI law, has numerous videos on the subject and has been asked to appear on national television to offer his legal opinion on high-profile criminal cases.