National Transportation Safety Board pushes for New Ignition Interlock Devices

National Transportation Safety Board

In December, 2012 the Associated Press reported on the National Transportation Safety Board's statements regarding ignition interlock devices. The board stressed that every state should require all drivers convicted for driving under the influence to use an apparatus that would inhibit them from starting a vehicle's engine if their breath tests positive for alcohol. The board also stated that the ignition interlock devices are the best solution on the market to thwart the amount of DUI related driving deaths. In fact, 17 states already require these devices for convicted drunken drivers and many experienced DUI defense attorneys recommend this to the courts. There are roughly 32,000 traffic deaths per year and over 1/3 of these are caused by people driving under the influence.

The board also insisted that the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) to expedite its research efforts with automakers to develop methods that can determine a driver's BAC utilizing infrared light when the driver presses an ignition button. If the blood alcohol content is too high, the vehicle won't start. The technology, which is breath-based rather than touch-activated, is currently in place in many workplace drug-testing programs. The National Transportation Safety Board stated, "If these systems were incorporated into all new vehicles, it could potentially prevent an estimated 7,000 DUI-related deaths a year."

If you are facing DUI charges in Reno, Nevada, you should contact an experienced Reno DUI defense attorney who can help you reach the best outcome possible, after evaluating the circumstances of your case. Call Joey Gilbert & Associates today for a free confidential consultation. (775) 574-4774. Se habla Español.


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