Advances in IID technology called upon by NHTSA for adoption by states
Consequences can be severe and last many years, especially for people facing multiple DWI convictions.
January 30, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Advances in IID technology called upon by NHTSA for adoption by states
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The state of New York has some of the nation's strictest laws concerning drunk driving and driving while ability impaired by drugs or alcohol (DWAI). Consequences can be severe and last many years, especially for people facing multiple DWI convictions.
Points on driving records, insurance surcharges, steep fines and jail time can all be part of the equation depending upon the circumstances. For anyone with a DWI misdemeanor conviction, the law also requires the installation of what is known as an ignition interlock device. This is a two-part item that is designed to prevent repeat instances of driving while intoxicated.
The NHTSA pushes new IID technology
In late 2013, data was released for the year 2012 that indicated the first increase in fatalities on U.S. highways since 2005. As a result of this information, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration is looking for additional ways to curb highway accidents and deaths.
A new version of ignition interlock device is available that makes use of these units simpler and offers a more streamlined look that may be more palatable to users. The NHTSA is promoting the adoption of these new units as a way to help prevent repeat DWI offenses and any associated accidents, injuries and deaths.
What exactly is an IID?
An ignition interlock device works to either lock or unlock a vehicle's ignition based upon data provided to it. It is ordered in many cases as part of a DUI penalty. It works in this manner:
-When a driver first gets into a vehicle with an IID, he or she is prompted to breathe directly into a unit on the dashboard.
-The unit records the person's blood alcohol content.
-The results are then sent electronically to a microchip that controls the ignition.
-The chip has been preprogrammed with a threshold level for the BAC.
-If the BAC is below the level, the ignition is unlocked so that the driver may start the car.
-If the BAC is over the level, the ignition is unable to be started.
After a successful test, drivers can expect to be prompted for subsequent tests while actively driving. If such a test is failed, the chip prompts the horn to honk repeatedly and the lights to flash continuously until the vehicle is stopped and the ignition is off. Penalties for IID offenses (even attempting to start the vehicle and being locked out but never driving and registering as low as a .02 BAC, for instance) can be serious - including imprisonment.
Help is always important
Fighting a DWAI or DWI is never easy. That is why working with a lawyer who has experience in this area is recommended. Understanding the laws and ways to work within them can give defendants the best chance in the process.
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