Ignition Interlocks to be Deterrents for Drunk Driving as per the Task Force
More and more U.S. states are passing a legislation vide which all DUI offenders will have to get an ignition interlock device placed in their vehicles whether it’s their first offense or a repeat offense and won’t be able to take an impaired driving defense that they don’t want any such device installed in the vehicle. As per the traffic stats for the year 2016, alcohol-related crashes accounted for 4 percent of all crashes in the state and alcohol-related crash fatalities were 28 percent of the total 1441 crash fatalities in the state of North Carolina, which comes to 402 people in totality.
Mary Beth Cox, who is an epidemiologist at the Injury and Violence Prevention Branch of the Department of Health and Human Services, presented data based on a survey conducted in 2016 which showed that almost 3 percent of adults admitted to drinking and driving during the 30 days prior to the time they were asked the question. The number of teens who said they’d been in a car in the past month with someone who had been under the influence as per a 2015 survey was 18.4 percent.
The mandate that makes it mandatory to get an ignition interlock device in every offender’s vehicle is definitely going to make a difference. A driver needs to blow into the device when they get into a vehicle with an ignition interlock device and the interlock can be set to prevent ignition if the alcohol presence is more than the limit. Around 30 states have already moved forward to make ignition interlocks for all of the people arrested for driving under the influence. The states where interlocks were universal, deaths in alcohol-related crashes decreased by 15 percent and re-arrest rates dropped by 67 percent.
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