Drunk drivers are a danger to everyone on the road. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that every year an average of 13,000 people are killed due to drunk drivers in the U.S. In recent years, researchers have found that, despite numerous efforts to decrease the number of intoxicated drivers on the road, DUI fatalities has stagnated. Because of this, lawmakers have looked to technology in order to discover new ways of discouraging junk driving.
One of these technologies is a breath alcohol ignition interlock device also referred to as a BAIID, ignition interlock or IID. These devices are installed in vehicles and require a driver to give a breath sample before starting the engine. They are programed to only allow a driver to have a certain BAC level before they are considered impaired. The device will read the amount of alcohol in the driver's breath and determine whether or not to allow the vehicle to start.
According to a 2009 report by the NHTSA, drivers who use installation interlock devices have a 50 to 90 percent lower DUI recidivism rate than drivers who do not. This makes IID installation a very appealing option for reducing repeat DUI offenses.
Researchers feel that the use of ignition interlocks is one of the best ways to significantly reduce the number of drunk drivers on the road. Many states require installation of these devices for drivers convicted of repeat DUI offenses. However, anti-DUI advocacy groups such as MADD are now pushing for states to require their for all DUI offenders.
In Washington, a person convicted of DUI can apply to install an IID so that they may get their license reinstated sooner. There is no mandatory use period however. For offenders who do not want to lose their ability to drive, this could be very beneficial. Before installing these devices, however, individuals should understand what is involved. For more information about how IID law in Washington, contact a Seattle DUI attorney right away.