December 06, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- In 2006, Boston cracked down on drunk drivers by implementing stricter DUI penalties, including the use of ignition interlock devices on vehicles of those who are charged with a DUI
. Since the law was signed into effect at that time, more than 4,000 drivers across Massachusetts have been mandated to utilize an interlock device on their vehicle. Many other states in America followed suit by also creating interlock device programs in their local legislature. Although some critics argue that the device is not reliable, Boston officials have determined that it does indeed have a significant effect on the amount of DUI re-arrests.
In 2011, 114 people were killed in fatal drunk driving accidents, which accounts for nearly 34 percent of all traffic fatalities across Massachusetts. This is a 6.6 percent decrease from the prior year. Critics are uncertain if the decrease has a link to the more stringent implementation of the ignition interlock device laws.
Ignition interlock device basics
Individuals who are ordered to have an ignition interlock device installed will need to understand the basics, including:
- Defendants must get an IID from a state-approved installer.
- The device is then wired into your vehicle's ignition system, and requires the driver to submit a breath sample before the vehicle will start.
- If the breath alcohol content is below the set legal limit, the car will start.
- In order to increase user compliance and reliability, subsequent samples will be required periodically throughout the ride.
- Defendants are responsible for any costs associated with owning the interlock device, including periodic maintenance and calibration.
There are several different types of interlock devices depending on the vehicle you're driving and the judge's discretion.
Current Massachusetts IID regulations
Currently, there are nearly six thousand interlock devices in use across the state of Massachusetts. Ignition interlock devices are mandatory for those charged with a multiple incidents. They are not, however, required in those vehicles where the driver has been charged with their first DUI offense. Mothers Against Drunk Driving is asking Americans to demand stricter legislature on IIDs and DUIs for first-time offenders.
Enlist the help of an attorney
If you have been charged with a DUI offense, it is best to enlist the help of an experienced DUI attorney
. A reputable attorney will have the latest information on Boston's DUI laws, including the ignition interlock regulations. Call an attorney to discuss all of your options and to maximize the results of your case.
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