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Does an ignition interlock device keep people safe?

You were having the time of your life with your friends and family before your accident. You had planned to travel down the highway and stop at unique destinations along the way. Unfortunately, a dangerous and drunk driver struck you on the road, leaving you and several of your loved ones injured.

Drivers who drink before getting behind the wheel have no place on the roads. They made a bad decision to get into a vehicle without the right mindset and put themselves and others in danger. Now, you're one of the people suffering the consequences.

Would implementing an ignition interlock device keep dangerous drivers off the road?

It's hard to say if using ignition interlock devices would keep all people off the roads when they're drunk, because there's never going to be a chance to install them in all vehicles. Ignition interlock devices, or IIDs, do have the potential to stop repeat offenders, though. First-time offenders won't have IIDs in their vehicles, so there's no way to prevent their vehicles from starting up or allowing them to drive.

For drivers who have been caught drunk in the past, an IID is a good tool for keeping them off the road when intoxicated. Keep in mind, however, that those who broke the law before might do so again by getting into a vehicle without an IID, even if they're not licensed or insured to drive it.

What do IIDs do?

IIDs are interesting devices. They have an area where the driver blows into the device. The device takes a reading to determine if the user has a blood alcohol concentration over the legal limit of .08 percent. If not, the car starts up. If the individual is intoxicated over the limit, the vehicle will not start up or will lock the driver out from controlling it.

Once someone fails an IID test, he or she must wait a predetermined period of time before the person can test again. The period of time lengthens each time he or she fails. The IID will not allow a driver to start and drive the vehicle until one's BAC is under .08 percent.

While the person's driving, a second test may be requested. If the person fails it, he or she is meant to pull over immediately. Some vehicles give the driver only a few minutes before shutting off, while others might have alarms or other devices to alert others that the driver is intoxicated.

An IID can help keep dangerous drivers off the road, and they should be used after a person causes a dangerous drunk driving accident. As a victim, it's your right to seek the use of an IID.

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