Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) recently announced that Ignition Interlock Devices have stopped nearly 2 million Americans from driving drunk since 1999.
Ignition Interlock systems use Breathalyzer technology to prevent drivers from operating a vehicle after they’ve been drinking. According to a recent study conducted by MADD, these devices are crucial in the fight to end drunk driving once and for all.
In New York State, if a driver has been convicted of either Aggravated DWI/Child in Vehicle or Aggravated DWI/Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of .18 or higher, they are legally mandated to have one of these devices installed in every vehicle they own or operate. After an Ignition Interlock system is attached to a car’s engine, the car will not start until the driver can provide an acceptable breath sample.
This law, which was established in New York in 2009, is known as “Leandra’s Law” and honors the memory of an 11-year-old girl that was fatally injured in a car accident caused by a drunk driver. Leandra’s Law mandates that any New York motorist that is convicted of either Aggravated DWI/Child in Vehicle or Aggravated DWI/Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of .18 or higher, must have an Ignition Interlock system installed in their vehicle for a period of at least 12 months.
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