New Report Shows Ignition Interlock Devices Are Working

04 August, 2015
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Lawmakers and advocates in Dayton have taken many measures to prevent and deter people from driving under the influence of alcohol. While all of these measures consist of the same goal they all come with varying results. One of the most common deterrents used today in many states across the country is an ignition interlock device. In Ohio, anyone convicted of an OVI/DUI could be ordered to install one of these devices. In addition, these devices are mandatory for anyone who has a subsequent conviction within six years of his or her most recent conviction. These devices require a driver to take an alcohol breath test before their vehicle will start. They have been proven to be very effective.

According to a recent study done in Michigan, ignition interlock devices are helping decrease the number of repeat drunk driving offenses. According to the report, the ignition interlock program offers repeat offenders the ability to keep their driving privileges and in some cases, avoid jail time, which is a win for both the offender and the prison system. According to authorities it cost more than $55 a day to hold a person in jail. By allowing repeat offenders to join the ignition interlock program, taxpayers save money and the offender can better work on recovery. One offender reported that after his third conviction his only other option was a felony DUI, which carried a five-year sentence.

By enrolling in the ignition interlock program, convicted drivers can avoid jail time as well as maintain their driving privileges, which allows them the ability to attend important events, including treatment meetings, recovery court, and even their work. According to the study, one district court has a 70 percent graduation rate for its recovery court program, which includes many people enrolled in the ignition interlock program.

It appears that the ignition interlock program is one of many drunk-driving deterrents that are working, which is good for everyone involved. Of course, not everyone who is arrested for driving under the influence should automatically be enrolled in this program. While it has proven to be successful, it does restrict those individuals who are ordered to install them. Therefore, anyone who is not actually guilty of driving under the influence should not be forced to install one of these devices in his or her vehicle. If you are facing drunk driving charges in Dayton, then you need to act fast and contact the VanNoy Law Firm today. Click here to contact us online or give us a call at 937-952-5043.