Ignition interlock device brings drunk driving to a halt

Driving this time of year can be frightening. Everyone is celebrating the holidays and is not paying attention to the amount of alcohol they consume. Their judgment is clouded and they think that they can make it home in their current state. They end up plowing into your car and, while you don't know if there are deaths in the accident, the effects are enormous. There can be serious injury to more than just the driver and definitely property damage. Recently, the Mothers Against Drunk Driving has been informed that the number of drunk driving fatalities is below 10,000 for 2014 as a whole. That is the lowest it has been since 2011.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were only 9,967 fatalities due to drunk driving. This accounts for 31 percent of all traffic fatalities. The news isn't all good, though. 2015 numbers jumped a full 8.1 percent for the year so far. The holiday season is so much worse for driving than any other time of the year.

MADD is issuing a call nation-wide to action and makes a challenge in each state in the U.S.A. to pass ignition interlock devices for all offenders who drive drunk and are caught. Ignition interlock devices are so important because it literally will not allow a person who is drunk to start the car. The person who wants to drive the vehicle must blow into a breathalyzer that is attached to the ignition. If this person has been drinking the person cannot start the car.

If you know the law, you can make good use of it if you have been in a car accident due to drunk driving. The person who can answer your in-depth questions will probably be a knowledgeable attorney.

Source: Mothers Against Drunk Driving, "NHTSA Releases 2014 Traffic Fatality Data," Nov. 24, 2015

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