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According to statistics, there are more DUI cases than ever before. So how do we combat this increase and ensure greater safety on the roads? Many of the DUI penalties currently in place focus on punishing drunk drivers with jail time, fines, license suspension, and other penalties. Ignition interlock devices, or blow and drive devices, are a secondary tool that is increasingly being used to stop drivers from drinking and getting behind the wheel.
A blow and drive device, or ignition interlock device, is a mechanism that usually sits on a vehicle’s dashboard. It works in the same way as a Breathalyzer, with the driver breathing into the device while it measures Breath Alcohol Content (BAC). If the driver’s BAC is over a certain level, the vehicle will not start.
In many states, ignition interlock devices are only ordered by courts if someone gets multiple DUI convictions. However, some drivers are ordered to have the device installed after their first DUI if “…their BAC was over .15%, they refused to consent to a chemical alcohol test, or they caused injury while driving under the influence of alcohol.”
If a driver is ordered to have an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicle, they will have to pay for the cost of renting the device, as well placing the device in their car. Installation typically costs from $100-$200 and the monthly rental fee is usually between $70 to $100.
According to experts, it is very difficult to get around an ignition interlock device. Such devices are designed to prevent you from starting your car if you try to use a mechanical device instead of blowing into it yourself. Additionally, if a driver tries to have a friend take the test, or the driver tries to tamper with the device it will immediately notify the company who rented out the device and the car will still not start.
Some drivers will attempt to have a sober friend blow in the device to start their car. The Interlock companies suggest that this is not effective option since the interlock devices are usually programmed to make drivers take the test multiple times while driving.
This State of Arizona is part of a growing number of states where ignition interlock devices are currently available. In fact, the State of Arizona has several ignition interlock devices approved for evidentiary and preliminary screening use. This means that the device can be required for drivers convicted of a DUI and evidence from the device can be used in Arizona courts.
As proof of their effectiveness, statistics suggest that such devices account for an additional 39,000 DUI arrestees across the Nation each year. Additionally, ignition interlock devices help to reduce the number of subsequent DUI offenses by 50% to 90%. These numbers are compared those of offenders who were not ordered to have ignition interlock devices installed. This means that while the device is in place the roads will be much safer for everyone.
Popular research companies like Forbes and Bloomberg, are estimating that the market for ignition interlock devices will reach anywhere from $1.1 Billion to $3.2 Billion in sales by the end of the decade. However, companies that make the devices suggest that advances in technology will allow for increased growth of wireless alcohol ignition interlock devices.
The companies that are designing and developing these devices are insisting that wireless technology is the key to the future success of this product. Moreover, the wireless versions will help to overcome safety and reliability issues that have plagued the industry in the past. Not only will it catapult their product into the future with ease, but wireless technology will allow for greater freedom to use the device without problems like the cable getting caught underneath a driver’s gas or brake pedal or a breakdown of the wire.
Have you or someone you know been stopped and charged with a DUI recently? If so, there is no time to hesitate. A DUI conviction is very serious and could impact your future in a very negative manner. At the Weingart Firm, we are here to help with all your DUI needs. Our firm has years of experience in Arizona DUI law and will work hard to resolve your case quickly and satisfactorily. If you live in the Tempe or surrounding areas, call us for a free case review today.