Ignition Interlock Devices: Are They Working to Reduce Drunk-Driving Fatalities?

Ignition Interlock Devices – Do They Work?

The Kansas Department of Transportation recently reported that the state wide traffic accident fatalities caused by drinking and driving are down. During the last 12 months, there were only 59 fatalities. There were 125 alcohol related fatalities in 2010. The reduction in alcohol related traffic accident fatalities is attributed to the use of ignition interlock devices that Kansas requires for all individuals convicted of a DUI.

Missouri also requires use of an ignition interlock device; however, Missouri only requires the installation on a person’s vehicle if the person has been previously convicted of a DUI but does not require first time offenders to use the device. Missouri has also reported a decrease in alcohol related deaths. In general, studies have shown that interlock devices are working across the nation to reduce fatalities arising out of drunk-driving incidents.

The Ignition Interlock Device

An ignition interlock device is a blood alcohol tester that connects to the vehicle and will not allow the vehicle to start if the driver registers a certain blood alcohol content.

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Drinking & Driving

Drunk driving is dangerous because it impairs one’s ability to drive safely by reducing reaction time and effecting one’s ability to maintain a consistent speed just to name a couple. The higher the BAC level, the more severe the impairment.

If a drunk driver has caused serious injury to you or the death of a loved on, contact the Kansas City drunk driving accident attorneys  at Castle Law Office.

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