January 8, 2017

Study: Ignition Interlock Devices Cut Drunk Driving Accidents

A study released by Johns Hopkins University showed a seven percent decreased in fatal drunk driving accidents in states mandating all DUII offenders have an ignition interlock installed.

Researchers from John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Colorado School of Public Health found that equaled approximately 1,250 less deadly accidents since those laws first were implemented in 1993.

Ignition interlock device or a breath alcohol ignition interlock device is a breathalyzer for a person’s vehicle. It requires a driver to blow into a mouthpiece on the device before starting the vehicle’s engine.

Currently, all 50 states have some type of law regarding ignition interlocks and as of last March, 26 states had mandatory laws requiring all convicted of a DUII offense to use an interlock in order to drive legally.

Researches examined federal data studying the effects of interlock laws on trends in alcohol-involved fatal crashes from 1982 through 2013. According to researchers, since 2005 more than 20 states have adopted interlock laws for all drunk driving offenses.

In Oregon, as of January 2016 interlock devices are required for all DUII convictions beginning from the ending date of suspension with a minimum of one year for the first conviction, two years for the second and five for the third or subsequent convictions.

Interlock devices may be required for those in DUII Diversion as well, including those who refused a breath or blood alcohol content test, anyone who had a BAC and there was alcohol present.­ Usually required for at least the time of the diversion program. A person may petition the court to vacate the IID requirement after six months even if still in the diversion program.

If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries at the hands of a drunk driver, it is imperative to speak with an experienced Oregon drunk driver accident attorney. Our team will fight to get you the compensation you deserve!

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