Life in Florida may soon be even safer than before, especially if the state increases its car breathalyzer or ignition interlock requirements for DUI offenders. With a recently proposed all-offender ignition interlock requirement, states like Florida may have to get even tougher on drunk drivers than ever before. Since ignition interlock devices are proven to keep the streets safer, it’s an almost obvious choice for the majority of people who would never think to drink and drive. For others, the choice is less obvious, but it is certainly an important step in keeping drunk drivers off the roads.
Currently, Florida requires ignition interlock devices for first-time DUI offenders who are convicted with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .15 percent or higher, or for those who had a minor in the vehicle at the time of their DUI arrest. Any other first-offense DUI in Florida does not have a mandatory ignition interlock requirement, allowing a “second chance” for drunk drivers to either see the error of their way… or, risk lives on the road again. The new federal legislation would eliminate the chance of a first-time DUI offender in Florida (and all other states) getting behind the wheel without an ignition interlock.
Since thousands of people are still killed each year by drunk drivers in the U.S., a national ignition interlock requirement for all offenders could make a big difference in those numbers. Plus, Florida would have safer roads, all drunk drivers would have the benefit of a healthy relationship with alcohol while still taking care of their own personal and employment responsibilities. Getting tough on drunk drivers with ignition interlock devices, DUI education programs and zero tolerance policies means we can all breathe a little easier., and that there’s a new horizon of safety that we can all rely on.