Man with Breathalyzer
Vehicle Breathalyzers Seek to Reduce Repeat DUI Offenses

Many states are mandating that installation ignition interlocks—breathalyzer devices which prevent a vehicle from starting if the operator’s Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) is above a set level—are used for those with Driving Under the Influence (DUI) convictions. A detailed article on the history of this technology, as well as where it is mandatory, is available here.

In January, California became the latest state to mandate ignition interlock devices for drivers with multiple DUI convictions. The devices, mounted to a vehicle’s steering wheel, prevent a vehicle from starting if the operator’s BAC exceeds a predetermined number. Safety advocates, politicians, and researchers suggest laws requiring interlock devices help discourage drunk drivers and lower the number of alcohol-related deaths on the road.

The Trend

California joins five other states—Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts, Montana, and Ohio—which also require such devices for drivers with more than one DUI on their record. Advocates say they would prefer that the new California law target all DUI offenders. First-time offenders are required to use such technology in 32 other states, as well as the District of Columbia. Louisiana requires an ignition interlock device for multiple DUI offenses, as well as for an initial offense for a driver with a BAC of .20 or greater.

The Results

While deaths involving drunk drivers are approximately half what they were in the early 1980s, they have risen in recent years. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), ignition interlock devices have prevented 2.3 million attempts to drive drunk between 2006 and 2016 by stopping those with a BAC above 0.08, the legal threshold across the nation. Other research suggests these devices have reduced the number of DUI fatalities by somewhere between 7% and 15% overall.

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February 18th, 2019