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Study shows high success rate for ignition interlocks in DUI cases

New statistic support what many already know – ignition interlocks increase driver safety and lower recidivism rates for people convicted of a DUI. Safety advocates are calling for broader use of the devices, saying that they should be implemented nationwide for all DUI offenders.

Drunken driving car accidents caused about 10,000 fatalities in 2010, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Interlock devices require drivers to self-administer a breath test in order to start the car. The study shows that the devices reduce repeat offenses by 11-12%.

“This study shows what we’ve known for several years – ignition interlocks work,” said the Mothers Against Drunk Driving national president. “That’s why it’s so important to require all convicted drunk drivers to use these lifesaving devices. MADD will continue to work with lawmakers around the country to enact this type of legislation, in order to save lives and prevent injuries.”

For people who have been injured or lost loved ones as a result of a drunk driving accident, interlock devices seem like a welcome solution. Serious car accidents can have life-altering effects, leaving people with chronic injuries and high medical costs. People who are injured by drunk drivers are entitled to recovery, since their injury was the result of someone else’s negligence. Pursuing compensation for a drunk driving accident can help families recover from the costs, pain, and suffering caused by the accident.

If you or someone you know has been injured by a drunk driver, you may want to contact an attorney to find out more about your rights to recovery.

Source: USA Today, “Safety group seeks ignition interlocks for all DUI offenders, ” Larry Copeland, March 5, 2012.

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