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Ignition Interlocks Result in Greater Decrease of Repeat DUI Arrests Compared to Suspended Licenses—Georgia DUI Accident Attorney

Georgia drunk driving accident victims face a life-altering sentence following the accident, one potentially filled with pain, fear, nightmares and other challenges. The DUI driver faces legal penalties as a result of the decision to drive while impaired: financial penalties, jail and other punishments. A repeat DUI offender must install ignition interlocks; these devices require the driver to submit breath samples and the engine will not start if the breath registers higher than a pre-programmed blood alcohol concentration level.

 

Georgia's Driving Under the Influence Laws are complex. Forest Park DUI injury attorney Shane Smith can sort through the intermingled laws that potentially create complications in a DUI case.

 

According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, the installation of an ignition interlock device resulted in a 67 percent greater decrease of repeat DUI arrests compared to DUI offenders who only had their licenses suspended. This suggests that ignition interlocks are significantly more effective at preventing repeat DUI arrests then merely suspending an offender's license.

 

DUI offenders who have at least two convictions must install ignition interlock devices on all vehicles they own; Georgia law prohibits such offenders from operating vehicles that are not equipped with such devices. If a driver has "habitual offender" status based on two or more DUI convictions and the offender is placed on probation, an ignition interlock device must be used for six months after the probationary license has been issued as a condition of probation.

 

Offenders who have an ignition interlock device are issued an ignition interlock-limited driving permit; this restricts the holder to drive for specific purposes (to work, school, regularly scheduled treatment or support sessions or meetings and monthly monitoring visits with the permit holder's ignition interlock device service provider).

 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the most effective way to reduce drunk driving deaths is requiring DUI offenders to have mandatory ignition interlocks. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that drivers convicted of DUI who have an ignition interlock device on their vehicles are 65 percent less likely to commit another alcohol-related traffic violation within the first year after their arrest.

 

If you have questions about Georgia DUI laws, get the answers in Forest Park DUI injury attorney Shane Smith's book, I Was Hit By a Drunk Driver: What Do I Do Next? Contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith to schedule a free legal consultation.

 


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia