On May 22, 2019, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) said that ignition interlocks stopped more than 3 million U.S. drunk-driving attempts since 2006.
“Drunk-driving deaths are down 19 percent since 2006, even though people are driving more now than 12 years ago. MADD believes a big reason for this decrease is the more than 3 million times an interlock prevented someone from driving drunk, along with the hundreds of state laws MADD has helped enact to improve the implementation of this lifesaving device,” said Frank Harris, MADD’s Director of State Government Affairs.
MADD surveyed interlock manufacturers, and the new data shows that ignition interlocks stopped almost 348,000 attempts to drive drunk in 2018.
“As a mother who lost her 16-year-old daughter to this preventable crime, I am horrified to learn that even after people have been arrested and ordered to use an ignition interlock, they still try to drink and drive. And they would be driving impaired, if not for this technology that stops them,” said MADD National President Helen Witty. “We have so much more work to do, because we are still losing almost 11,000 people a year to drunk-driving crashes.”
Florida law mandates the use of ignition interlock systems for second and third convictions under Statute 316.193 – Driving under the influence; Penalties, which states:
- For a second conviction, by mandatory placement for a period of at least 1 year, at the convicted person’s sole expense, of an ignition interlock device approved by the department in accordance with S.316.1938 upon all vehicles that are individually or jointly leased or owned and routinely operated by the convicted person, when the convicted person qualifies for a permanent or restricted license.
- (b)1. Any person who is convicted of a third violation of this section for an offense that occurs within 10 years after a prior conviction for a violation of this section commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in S.755.082, S.775.083, or S.755.084. In addition, the court shall order the mandatory placement for a period of not less than 2 years, at the convicted person’s sole expense, of an ignition interlock device approved by the department in accordance with S.316.1938 upon all vehicles that are individually or jointly leased or owned and routinely operated by the convicted person, when the convicted person qualifies for a permanent or restricted license.
“We at Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. have assisted many clients who are victims of drunk-driving accidents. Should you or a loved one need assistance, please contact us after seeking medical attention,” said Fort Myers DUI Accident Attorney Randall Spivey.
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