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Requiring Ignition Interlocks for All Drunk Driving Offenders Reduces Impaired Driving Deaths


Posted on behalf of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Mar 03, 2017 in Car Accidents

ignition interlock in carConnecticut is one of 28 states that requires anyone convicted of drunk driving to have an ignition interlock installed in their vehicle to prevent it from starting unless the interlock confirms the driver's blood alcohol concentration is below the legal limit.

A new study from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that these laws led to a seven percent reduction in drunk driving deaths. This equates to about 1,250 lives that were saved by all-offender ignition interlock laws, according to the study.

States with these laws also saw an eight percent reduction in fatal drunk driving accidents with drivers who had a blood alcohol concentration higher than 0.15. 

The study was titled Ignition Interlock Laws: Effects on Fatal Motor Vehicle Crashes, 1982-2013. Researchers studied the effects of these laws over a 31-year period, 1982 to 2013, which includes five years before the laws went into effect.

Generally, drivers have to pay to install and maintain the ignition interlocks. It costs an average of $175 to install the device, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As of 2013, more than 300,000 ignition interlocks had been installed in the vehicles of drunk driving offenders. That number will probably reach 400,000 by the end of 2017, according to Brad Fralick, director of government relations for Intoxalock, which makes ignition interlock devices.

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