We’ve been so used to seeing the number of DUI deaths declining, we weren’t ready for the shocking DUI statistic released a few weeks ago. Our job is to help keep the streets safe from drunk drivers, by maintaining that ignition interlock devices are the best way to make that happen. The problem is that ignition interlock devices are reliable when they are installed in a vehicle, and that vehicle is driven. When we see the number of DUI deaths rising, we can only assume there is at least one disconnect in the process.
- All-offender ignition interlock laws keep streets safe from drunk drivers. A person who is convicted of a DUI has likely driven an average of 80 times previously while under the influence of alcohol. States that don’t require the devices could be allowing those drivers another 80 attempts to raise the number of DUI deaths, especially since a suspended license cannot prevent an intoxicated driver from driving.
- Compliance with ignition interlock device requirements is vital. The court or DMV can order a person to install and maintain an ignition interlock device, but if that requirement is not monitored, it can easily be blown off.
Research shows that ignition interlock devices reduce DUI deaths up to 15 percent when used.
If you want to reduce the number of DUI deaths across the U.S., there is one solution to make that happen. Nobody wants an ignition interlock device, and just the threat of one can be enough to get a would-be DUI driver to call for a safe ride home. By requiring the devices and then ensuring compliance, even a first-time offender can find themselves in a better position once the dust settles, and as far away from the rising DUI deaths statistic as possible. If there was ever a time to get serious about ignition interlock devices, it would be now.