It’s been proven time and again that ignition interlock devices work to stop drinking drivers before they can get behind the wheel, but ignition interlock devices (IIDs) don’t just reduce recidivism rates for chronic re-offenders – New research shows that individuals who are first time DUI offenders will be less likely to re-offend if they have an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicle.
The study followed drivers in Washington State who were previously convicted of DUI. Once ignition interlocks were introduced as a strict requirement for all those convicted, including first time offenders who had driven under the influence, the recidivism rate fell by 12%. The researchers believe this number would have been even higher if all of the offenders who were required to install the ignition interlock devices had followed through.
It’s no surprise that ignition interlock devices work for all types of offenders. In fact, other studies have found that when the ignition interlocks were removed from the vehicle completely, recidivism returned to a rate similar to those who were convicted but did not install an IID in the first place. It’s easy to see that ignition interlock devices prevent re-occurrence of drinking and driving, and most likely will keep first time drivers from ever making the mistake of re-offending.