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NTSB Recommends Ignition Interlocks for all DUI Offenders

Georgia requires repeat DUI offenders to 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. Clayton County DUI injury attorney Shane Smith can sort through the intermingled laws that potentially create complications in a DUI case.

 

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has suggested that state laws should do more to prevent drunk driving. The NTSB recommends that every state require the installation of ignition interlock devices in all DUI offenders' cars, including first-time offenders. Such devices are mandatory for all convicted drunk drivers in 17 states. According to the NTSB ignition interlock devices are the most effective method for curbing drunk driving.

 

The NTSB also is advocating for more research on a newer technology that can register a driver's blood alcohol concentration (BAC) by using an infrared light. The system uses an infrared light that measures the driver's BAC when the driver pushes an ignition button. Similar to current ignition interlock devices, the device prohibits the vehicle from starting if the measured BAC is too high.

 

The American Beverage Institute, a group representing about 8,000 chain restaurants, opposes the measures. According to the organization ignition interlock devices should be used only for "hardcore" offenders. It believes that first-time DUI offense drivers with low BACs do not deserve the same harsh treatment as repeat offenders and first-time DUI drivers who are arrested with high BACs.

 

If you have questions about Georgia DUI laws, get the answers in Clayton County 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