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Should Ignition Interlock Devices be on Every Vehicle?

Steve Wagner

We have previously discussed the benefits of the Alcohol Ignition Interlock systems, and their usefulness in preventing drunk drivers from even getting on the road. A new study has analyzed the potential data of having ignition interlock systems on every car in the future, and how many lives could be saved as the result of this technology.

Though interlocking devices are currently only used for previous offenders, the American Journal of Public Health is claiming that if we could find a way to make the technology seamless so that it wouldn’t take up time and effort for drivers, it could be built into every car, eliminating the ability for first time drunk drivers to get behind the wheel as well.

Statistics show that a drunk driver who is pulled over has been intoxicated behind the wheel an average of 80 other times before their arrest. AJPH determined that as older cars are phased out and interlock systems are included on all cars (over an estimated 15-year period), we could eliminate 59,000 crash fatalities, over 1.25 million non-fatal injuries, and save $340 billion in accident-related expenses.

The potential life-saving effects of this technology are hugely beneficial, and we are excited that the possibility is even on the horizon. If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver, give the vehicular accident attorneys at Wagner Reese a call at (888) 204-8440 to schedule a free consultation.


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