Ignition interlocks shown to be effective in preventing DUIs

Safety advocates say that new data on ignition interlocks shows that the devices help prevent drunk driving. Drunk driving is a leading cause of car accidents and traffic fatalities in the United States. Lawmakers continue to look for ways to prevent people from driving under the influence.

In Tennessee, only DUI offenders who are shown to have a high blood alcohol content are given ignition interlocks on their cars. Tennessee is among 15 states that is said to be considering a tougher law that would require ignition interlocks for all DUI offenders. Studies show that there is a low rate of recidivism during the time that the interlock is on the car. The interlock device requires that a driver take a breath test before they are able to start their car.

Drunken driving deaths have dropped in recent years, about five percent in 2010. Mothers Against Drunk Driving say that ignition interlocks will save lives and prevent injuries from car crashes.

Drunk driving is considered a negligent activity. People who have been injured by a drunk driver or have lost a loved one in an accident caused by a drunk driver are entitled to compensation. It is very common for victims to seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering that resulted from the crash.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, who conducted the study, said that interlock laws that cover all DUI offenders (not only repeat offenders) reduces recidivism by up to 12 percent.

If a drunk driver has injured you or someone you know, contact an attorney to find out more about your rights.

Source: USA Today, "Safety group seeks ignition interlocks for all DUI offenders," Larry Copeland, March 6, 2012.

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