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Washington Driver Study Suggests Ignition Interlock Devices Prevent Deaths

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on March 29, 2012

Washington DUI PreventionA study of Washington drivers convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) suggests that requiring all drivers convicted of DUI to have ignition interlock devices installed on their cars or trucks could decrease the number of injuries and deaths caused by drunk driving auto accidents on U.S. roads each year.

The study examined ignition interlock devices that were installed on vehicles after a driver was convicted of a first DUI offense, regardless of his or her BAC at the time of the arrest. In most states, ignition interlock devices are only required for a second or later conviction for DUI, or for cases in which the driver’s BAC was more than twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent at the time of arrest. The study followed the drivers with and without ignition interlock devices to see whether they suffered a later drunk driving accident and/or were arrested again on suspicion of drunk driving.

The researchers reported that, among drivers who had ignition interlock devices installed on their cars after a first conviction, the rate of accidents and of second arrests dropped significantly. Researchers predict that if all drivers convicted of DUI were required to have ignition interlock devices, the rate of alcohol-related car accidents would be cut in half.

Drinking and driving is just one way in which another driver’s negligence can result in injury or death. If you’ve been injured in a drunk driving accident, please don’t hesitate to call the skilled Washington drunk driving accident lawyers at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. For a free, confidential consultation, call today: 1(888) 228-3860.

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