Ignition Interlock Devices

Written by Amy Hall
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Ignition interlock devices are attached to a vehicle's ignition system, which requires drivers to blow into the device before the car will start. If any alcohol is detected, the vehicle will not start. If you blow into the device and no alcohol is detected, you will often be required to give another breath sample once your car is running.

Washington drunk driving penalties are severe, and many judges order ignition interlock devices to be installed on repeat DUI offenders. However, it is not uncommon for a judge to rule that this device be installed on the vehicle of a driver who has only been arrested once for a Washington DUI. In most cases, this is decided if the BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) was very high, and the driver was very intoxicated.

Do Ignition Interlock Devices Cut Down on DUI Arrests?

Well, the answer to this question is probably a "yes," simply because a person who has been drinking can not start his or her vehicle if they have such a device installed. However, it may be important to consider the fact that many alcoholics need more than ignition interlock devices on their vehicles to stop them from driving drunk. People with a chemical dependency to alcohol need treatment, and if they do not get this treatment, they will continue to drink and drive once the ignition device is removed from the car.

Basically, ignition interlock devices can cut down on DUI arrests in the short-term. But these devices do not really address the problems of people with addictions to alcohol. Although these devices can be beneficial to people who really are not problem drinkers, they won't help a large portion of the population who do have moderate to severe drinking problems.


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