Alcohol Ignition Interlock System

Today, the Maryland Senate had a hearing on SB718 which would require judges to order all persons convicted of, or granted probation for, certain alcohol-related offenses, to drive only motor vehicles which are equipped with an ignition interlock system for not less than 3 months (first offense) and not less than 1 year (subsequent offenses). An ignition interlock system is a device which is attached to a car’s dashboard and has a small handheld alcohol sensor (which must be blown into). The car will not start if the driver’s blood-alcohol level is above a certain level. These systems are highly accurate and very difficult to circumvent. Thirty seven states now use these devices as part of their drunk driving prevention efforts. These devices are currently used in Maryland by judges who sentence drunk drivers. This new legislation, if passed, would require Maryland judges order this type of monitoring in all cases that qualify.

Criminal lawyers might object but from a Maryland accident lawyer’s perspective, this is would be a great development. Our lawyers have handled too many drunk driving fatalities to not support any reasonable effort to get drunk drivers off our highways.

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  • Our son died as a passenger in an alcohol related car accident in 2002. Since then we have been trying to get a law passed for Ignition Interlock Devices in every car. State Assemblyman Felix Ortiz has been working with us and there is a bill in the NYS assembly which we are hoping will become a law some day. My husband and I also hoped that the law would be named Christopher’s Law, similar to Megan’s Law and our son would have died for something.

    We always believed that the technology could advance to more than blowing into a device but rather detecting blood alcohol levels through the skin; for example through a steering wheel. This shouldn’t be too difficult; the technology is already there with bracelets that detect blood alcohol levels through the skin.

    More information about this can be found at our blog and our website. chrishaack.blogspot.com and http://www.chrishaack.com

  • Great information. The ignition interlock system can prevent various accident injuries. Drunk driver accidents cases can be fought with the assistance of Law Andy firm which ensures full compensation for the victims.

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