A new law that went into enforcement earlier this year was designed to crack down on the number of drunk driving accidents by increasing the usage of hi-tech ignition interlock devices (IID). Keep reading to learn more about this process, if it worked, and what you should know if you are involved in an accident with a drunk driver. Get a free legal consultation today by calling The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000.
The Facts of the Law
The new law was introduced at the beginning of 2019 and involves high-tech IIDs for all repeated DUI offenders. The devices prevent the car from starting if the person blowing into the IID is not sober. A first-time offender who is involved in a car accident that involved injury can also be required to have an IID installed.
The implementing of this law as several years in the making. The goal of course is to significantly reduce the number of people who drive while drunk. A person who breaks the law must be forced to have an IID installed in their car for anywhere from six months to several years, depending on the specifics of the case.
The Facts of IIDs
Let us consider how these devices work. Essentially, they are like breathalyzers that are outfitted to cars that require the driver to blow into them before a vehicle can be started. The driver must blow for several seconds and if there is any trace of alcohol on their breath then the car should not start. It will not be able to be started for a period of time, which will get longer if the driver continues to try to drive and continues to test positive for alcohol.
The cost of the IIDs is all passed on to the driver. The installation is generally around $150 and then monthly fees and costs come out to about $60.
IIDs are More Difficult to Cheat Than You May Think
One of the complaints people often have about IIDs is that they seem as though they would be very easy to cheat. This is false. Any attempt to tamper with the device will lead to the vehicle begin to shut down for a long period of time. Mouthwash or other similar attempts to trick the IID will also register a positive result.
Also, a driver cannot simply have another person blow into the device. Why? Because once the car is in motion, the device requires random rolling samples while the vehicle is in motion. If they refuse to do so, then the IID may alert authorities or the vehicle’s horn may honk continuously while the lights flash.
Have You Been Injured in an Accident with a Drunk Driver?
If you have been involved n a vehicle accident with a drunk driver then you deserve a free legal consultation to determine what your options are. You can reach The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 to get started.