February 09, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Drivers who have been arrested for drunk driving in the state of Illinois face some of the nation's harshest penalties. The nature of the consequences that a particular driver will receive depends largely upon the nature of the situation at the time of his or her arrest. These include injury or death to another person or persons, any prior offenses and more.
A DUI/DWI arrest
carries with it the potential for a myriad of penalties including fines, jail time, driver's license revocation and even more. The installation of what is known as an ignition interlock device may also be ordered by the court and is the law's way of attempting to prevent a repeat offense.
How do ignition interlock devices actually function?
In essence, an IID either allows a vehicle to be driven or not. It achieves this by the use of two separate pieces that communicate electronically to control the vehicle's ignition, as follows:
- Upon entering a vehicle, a driver must breathe into a dash-mounted unit that looks similar to an old model of cell phone.
- This unit captures the current blood alcohol content of the driver and sends the information to a computer chip that has been put into the ignition controls.
- If the BAC is below the level that has been preprogrammed as safe, the unit will allow the ignition to be started and the vehicle driven as normal.
- If the BAC is above the level that has been preprogrammed as safe, the unit will lock the ignition and prevent the vehicle from being started until another test can be passed.
Use of an ignition interlock device is most common for people with multiple DUI/DWI convictions
but can also be ordered after a first offense.
Technology changes for IIDs
A more streamlined version of the ignition interlock device has been developed. This unit is reported to also be simpler to use, requiring only that the driver put his or her hands on the steering wheel and press one button to activate.
After 2012 highway statistics were published showing that the number of lives lost on U.S. highways that year rose for the first time since 2005, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration increased its already staunch vigilance on how to prevent such a trend from continuing. As a result, the NHTSA has stated support for the adoption of the new IID units as one way to help lower highway fatalities in the nation.
What can arrested drivers do?
It is not known at this time if the new form of ignition interlock device will be adopted or, if so, when. For drivers arrested for a drunk driving offense, the most important thing to do is to secure proper legal help. With strict penalties to be faced, taking action and getting professional intervention can make the difference.
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