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How can ignition interlock devices reduce DUI fatalities?

Many people in Texas and across the country lose their lives in devastating car accidents involving drunk drivers. In 2014, 9,067 people lost their lives in drunk driving accidents and 1,323 of those preventable deaths occurred in Texas. As a way to minimize the number of intoxicated drivers on the road, many states have implemented legislation requiring all convicted DUI offenders to have an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicles for a certain period of time.

Mobile breath test devices are designed to inhibit drunk people from driving by rendering their vehicle useless if they have a blood alcohol content level measuring over a preset limit. Although MADD officials have reported that IIDs reduce the rate of repeat drunk drivers by 67 percent, Texas has yet to enact laws mandating their use for all convicted DUI offenders. Research shows that even after DUI offenders have removed the IID from their vehicle, they are 39 percent less likely to drink and drive than they would have been had they simply had their driver’s license suspended.

Several states that require the use of interlock devices in all drunk driving cases have seen a significant decline in the number of people killed in DUI auto accidents. In fact, West Virginia, Kansas, Louisiana, New Mexico and Arizona have all seen more than a 30 percent decrease in DUI fatalities since requiring mandatory IID use.

Sharing the road with drunk drivers is intimidating, especially when they have the power to cause a serious car accident resulting in injuries and death. You have the right to travel safely on the roads, without worry of harm.

This information is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.

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