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Ignition Interlock Programs Saving Lives

May 19, 2011

Driving under the influence is a strong predictor of the risk of automobile collisions and puts many lives in danger, including drivers and passengers in surrounding vehicles as well as bystanders, such as pedestrians.

When a driver is under the influence of alcohol, their capability to operate a motor vehicle safely and to make reasonable decisions regarding their driving is impaired. Close to 11,000 people were killed in the United States in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes in 2009 with an average of one alcohol-impaired driving fatality occurring every 48 minutes. Drunk drivers also endanger the lives of children, as approximately 14 percent of child fatalities from motor vehicle collisions involved drunk driving. For some drivers, the first DUI conviction is not enough to stop them, and the recidivism rates are extremely high for drivers involved in fatal drunk driving accidents.

In an effort to reduce the possibility of a repeat DUI conviction, as well as to keep Georgia roads safer from the dangers associated with a drunken driver, the court may require that a person convicted of DUI install an ignition interlock device. An ignition interlock device is a device that analyzes the blood alcohol content of an individual, who most likely received an order from the court to install such device subsequent to a DUI conviction. The device prevents the car from starting if the driver’s BAC is above a certain level. The requirement of a DUI offender to install an ignition interlock is a preventive measure to decrease alcohol-related car accidents caused by someone driving under the influence of alcohol, as well as to prevent the occurrence of repeat DUI offenses.

A driver under the influence of alcohol who has also been simultaneously involved in an automobile collision may be held responsible under both criminal and civil law. The severity of criminal punishment for driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol increases with each subsequent DUI conviction. Those injured in a collision caused by a driver who is under the influence of alcohol may also recover damages including punitive damages, which are intended to punish or discourage particularly reprehensible conduct like drunken driving.

When comparing the re-occurrence of DUI among those who installed an ignition interlock device with those who had their licenses suspended, researchers discovered that the installation of an ignition interlock device resulted in a 67% greater decrease of repeat DUI arrests according to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. This research by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that ignition interlocks are a highly effective method of keeping the streets safe from drunk drivers. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured or you have lost a loved one to a drunk driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries or loss of a loved one.

The compassionate and dedicated Atlanta drunk driving auto accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, have been diligently representing the best interests of drunk driving victims in Georgia for 27 years. Our Georgia drunk driving auto accident law firm is committed to our continued mission to protect Georgia residents from drunk drivers and to develop a reputation as the best personal injury law firm in Georgia.

Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, has been representing those seriously injured in all types of motor vehicle accidents, including accidents involving drunk drivers, throughout Georgia and the Southeast since 1984. Our experienced Georgia drunk driving auto accident lawyers are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located we are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24 hour Live Online Chat.

Category: Auto Accidents

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