Ignition Interlock Devices Continue to Gain Traction

 In California, state Senator Jerry Hill joined Mothers Against Drunk Driving board member Mary Klotzbach, and many others to promote a national safe driving campaign. The campaign, called “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” is part of a nationwide effort to combat driving while intoxicated. The event took place on Treasure Island, where a M.A.D.D. report was released regarding interlock devices.

In the report, MADD stated that the interlocking devices that had been placed on the cars of DUI offenders had prevented more than a million instances of drunken driving within California alone.

The statistics are grim. Department of Motor Vehicle data indicates that in just the past 30 years, 50,000 people have died as a result of accidents where DUI was a factor. These accidents have injured more than one million people. Furthermore, at least 1/3 of DUI accidents are caused by repeat DUI offenders.

Right now, installing interlocking devices onto the cars of convicted DUI offenders is only an option and not a requirement for the state at large. However, four counties, including Los Angeles County, have begun a pilot program in which these devices are required to be installed once convicted of a DUI.

The Centers for Disease Control reports that in areas where the interlocking devices are required or at least highly incentivized, people convicted of multiple DUIs is reduced by 67%.

The cost of the devices themselves remains a major barrier into their installation becoming a requirement. While some assistance is available for low-income offenders, the cost to maintain the devices is about $3 per day. Advocates are quick to remind people that this is often much cheaper than impound fees or incarceration.

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