MADD Pushes for Ignition Interlock Devices for First Time DUI Offenders
It’s tragic to consider that 9,878 people died in DUI related crashes in 2011, but it becomes even more tragic when you realize those accidents could have been prevented with an ignition interlock device. Even if the driver only has one conviction and is a first time offender, a suspended driver’s license is simply not enough to stop someone determined to drive under the influence.
On any given day, you could drive by someone on the road that has had 3 or more DUI convictions, and yet they continue to get easily behind the wheel. That’s why MADD is pushing for every State to require IIDs to be installed in first time offender’s vehicles, preventing them from driving unless they blow into the device.
Some of the States that currently require ignition interlock devices for first time offenders convicted for blowing 0.8 are Alaska, Hawaii, Missouri, New York, Oregon, and Utah. Find out the ignition interlock laws for your state. If you feel that they are not keeping first time offenders from continuing to drink and drive, contact your State legislators.