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Ignition Interlocks Could Virtually Eliminate West Palm Beach DUI Accidents

In West Palm Beach, CityPlace, Flamingo Park and Wellington, drivers are expected to be sober before getting behind the wheel of a car. Not every driver follows the law, and drunk driving causes more than 10,000 deaths every year. One recent study suggests that having ignition interlock devices as a standard required feature in all vehicles could prevent the vast majority of DUI accidents. a-driver-868517-m

Prevention of DUI Accidents with Ignition Interlock Devices

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) supports ignition interlock devices for all drunk driving offenders. The average motorist drives drunk at least 80 times before being caught, and ignition interlock devices have reduced the number of DUI fatalities by as much as 30 percent in states that have put a universal ignition interlock device requirement in place.

Not all states require ignition interlock devices for everyone convicted of drunk driving, and not all courts enforce the rules and actually require the installation even when the law says it is mandated. Florida requires an ignition interlock for a first offense only for drivers with a BAC of .15 or higher.

One new proposal would solve some of these issues, and goes even further in recommending the use of ignition interlock devices. The new proposal is to simply put these devices in every vehicle as a standard feature.

HealthDay published a report on the implications of a universal ignition interlock device requirement for all cars.

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism funded a study, which revealed that universal ignition interlock devices would eliminate 85 percent of drunk driving deaths and between 84 and 85 percent of non-fatal DUI accidents over a 15 year period.

The results of this would be that more than 1.25 million serious injuries would be prevented over 15 years and a total of 59,000 lives could be saved.

Ignition interlock devices would virtually eliminate DUI crashes because they make it impossible to start the car after consuming too much alcohol. Drivers have to blow into a breathalyzer in their vehicle before the car will start.

There are some problems with the proposal. Privacy concerns are one issue and cost is another. However, the researchers stated that $343 billion in costs due to DUI crashes would be avoided if the ignition interlock devices were standard. This could more than offset any type of financial expenses that were associated with putting the devices standard in all cars.

The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) said that ignition interlock devices are an important tool in preventing DUIs, but that it does not at this time support a universal IID device requirement. The GHSA believes that for this to be a standard requirement, the IID would need to be tamper-proof, have strong public support, and be seamless to the driver.

As technology develops, perhaps such a device could be created so it wouldn't be an imposition to motorists to have their BAC tested before getting behind the wheel of their vehicle.

Accident lawyers in West Palm Beach can help injury victims in CityPlace, Flamingo Park and Wellington and surrounding areas. Call Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A. today at 800-608-2965 or visit to schedule a free consultation. 

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