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Will changing drunk driving laws punish innocent drivers?

Under current laws in South Carolina, the installation of an ignition interlock device is required for drunk drivers for two years after their second conviction.
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    February 09, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- It can't be argued that DUI laws exist to protect people from being hurt by drunk drivers. Many people, especially if they're convicted, may not realize that the laws also exist to prevent them from getting into worse trouble, such as facing thousands of dollars in fines, permanent license revocation and even prison time. The penalties for a first-time conviction are relatively minor in comparison to what can happen if someone is convicted a second or third time, or causes a fatal accident. However, some victims' rights groups are supporting changes to drunk driving laws that may save lives, or may restrict law-abiding people even more, depending on the perspective.

Under current laws in South Carolina, the installation of an ignition interlock device is required for drunk drivers for two years after their second conviction, or three years for their third offense, says the National Conference of State Legislatures. After the fourth or subsequent offenses, the devices are mandated for the rest of a driver's life. Proponents of stronger ignition interlock laws say that using the devices will allow a person with a DUI on his or her record to continue driving, thus having the independence to keep a job and travel to other important engagements.

MADD supports the installation of ignition interlock devices for everyone convicted of drunk driving, including first-time offenders. The group has been encouraging all states to adopt stricter ignition interlock laws, many of which have complied.

Blood alcohol content reduction laws also suggested

The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended that all states lower their blood alcohol content laws from the current .08 percent to .05 percent, in an attempt to reduce drunk driving accidents and deaths. However, those who oppose this suggestion say that people who drink responsibly could be criminalized by reducing the BAC law, says USA Today. For many average-sized men and women, just one or two drinks could be enough to give them a blood alcohol content of .05 percent. For those who limit themselves to just one drink during a night out and have previously been able to drive safely, such a law could possibly result in an arrest. Not even MADD has endorsed this change, instead recommending that lawmakers should focus on ignition interlock laws, repeat offenders and people who drive with a blood alcohol content well over the current limit.

Contacting an attorney

Whether drunk driving laws change in the future or remain the same, those who are facing a DUI charge deserve fair representation in court. Sometimes breath machines make mistakes, and law enforcement has also been known to make false arrests. It's important to contact an experienced drunk driving defense attorney to protect your rights.

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