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Florida's increased use of ignition interlock devices may be responsible for lowering DUI fatalities

When a driver is ordered by the courts to use an ignition interlock device, they must have one installed by an agency that is approved by the state of Florida.
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    December 15, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Thousands of people across America lose their lives every year as a result of drunk driving accidents. In Florida alone, 2,398 people were fatality injured in car accidents caused by drunk drivers in 2011. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in conjunction with several other federal programs has implemented several programs in attempts to lower the DUI fatality rate across the nation. The ignition interlock program is one such attempt, which has proven successful in many states, including Florida.

The basics about ignition interlock devices

When a driver is ordered by the courts to use an ignition interlock device, they must have one installed by an agency that is approved by the state of Florida. These small devices are wired directly into your vehicle's ignition system. In order to start the vehicle, a breath sample submitted by the driver must be under the legal set limit of 0.05 on the IID. Periodic breath samples are required while the driver is operating the vehicle in order to prevent anyone else from starting the vehicle for them.

IID use in Florida

Although ignition interlock devices are not mandatory for first time DUI offenders, the court in charge of the case can determine whether or not one is needed.
- If the first conviction involves a blood alcohol content of 0.15 or greater, or there is a minor present in the car at the time of citation, an IID is required for at least six months.
- A second conviction has a mandatory IID use of at least one year.
- If the blood alcohol content on the second conviction is 0.15 or greater, or the individual has received a third conviction, an IID is required for at least two years.
- After four or more DUI convictions, an IID must remain in place for no less than five years.

The state of Florida currently has over 9,000 IIDs installed in various vehicles, ranking them twelfth in comparison to other states in the country. This high number of active interlock devices may be responsible for the declining number of DUI fatalities that have occurred statewide.

Decreasing fatality rate

According to the NHTSA and The Century Council, Florida has had a decreasing number of alcohol related fatalities over the past decade. From 2001 to 2011, fatalities caused by drunk driving accidents have decreased by over 30 percent.

Find out more

If you have been charged with a DUI in Florida or have more questions regarding the ignition interlock device program, contact an experienced DUI attorney. A reputable attorney with extensive knowledge on Florida's DUI laws and regulations can help you obtain the best outcome possible.

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