Out of our fifty(50) states, at least twenty-four (24) presently mandate Breathalyzer-like locks for “hardcore drunken drivers” caught driving with alcohol levels of .15 or more and many states are pushing to have ignition interlocks required in every car. As a Clearwater DUI victims attorney, I strongly believe this is a step in the right direction towards curbing the incidence rate of DUI and DWI related automobile accidents. We routinely see horrific injuries suffered as a result of an automobile accident in which the negligent party willingly chose to operate their automobile or motorcycle while impaired. This conduct alone demonstrates a willful disregard for the safety of others.
An ignition interlock device (IID), like a breathalyzer, is installed to a motor vehicle’s dashboard. Before the vehicle’s motor can be started, the driver first must exhale into the device. If the analyzed breath-alcohol concentration result is greater than the programmed blood alcohol concentration—usually 0.02% or 0.04%, the device prevents the engine from being started. If the driver’s breath test is below the pre-set limit, the car will start. However, there are required re-tests that must be performed during the course of the drive.
Many states have promulgated the ignition interlock as a penalty for motorists convicted of driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated (DWI) especially for repeat/habitual `offenders. Most U.S. states now permit judges to order the installation of an IID as a condition of probation. Ignition interlocks are a form of punishment for those who willfully operate an automobile while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs. Keep in mind that the intoxicated driver has made the willing to decision to get behind the wheel and operate an automobile, motorcycle or other applicable vehicle without consideration for the safety of other drivers sharing the same roadway. As a Clearwater DUI victim attorney, this penalty is a step in the right direction. However, requiring the installation of this device in all vehicles regardless of whether the driver has a criminal history significant for a DUI or DWI would sharply curb the occurrence of these senseless tragedies.
Numerous studies have been conducted in states where ignition interlock systems are being used more readily as punishment. Many of these states are reporting a substantial drop in re-arrest rates once the ignition interlock system is installed. This is why more judges, and courts are using ignition interlock systems as punishment, including those drivers convicted for the first time. Hopefully, this will translate to a reduction in auto accident related DUI fatalities and catastrophic injuries in the greater Tampa Bay Area
Dolman Law Group is strongly committed to educating the community regarding the grave dangers associated with DUI and DWI. We represent plaintiffs only and have a strong track record of advocating on behalf of DUI victims. Dolman Law Group is a Clearwater based personal injury law firm that represented automobile and motorcycle accident victims throughout the greater Tampa Bay area. Our practice is limited to first and third party insurance claims relating to mild traumatic brain injury, catastrophic injury, insurance carrier bad faith, automobile accidents and motorcycle accidents. We have satellite offices in Bradenton and Melbourne and actively litigate automobile accident and motorcycle accident claims in the following Florida counties; Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota, Hernando, Polk, and Charlotte County.
Matthew A. Dolman, Esq., is a Clearwater based personal injury attorney who was been recognized by his peers for aggressive and competent representation of automobile accident and motorcycle accident victims. He was selected a Florida Trend’s Magazine Legal Elite Up and Comer based on statewide voting of fellow licensed Florida attorneys.
For more information regarding Dolman Law Group and DUI /DWI victims rights, please contact us at 727-451-6900.
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