Drunk Driving Statistics
Mothers Against Drunk Driving reported that 676 people in the state lost their lives in drunk driving accidents in 2013. That same year, approximately 113,076 people were convicted of their third DUI, and 11,681 people were convicted of their fifth DUI offense. Nationwide, the drunk driving fatality rate reached 10,076 people in 2013, and an additional 290,000 people were injured in DUI accidents.
Drunk drivers pose a serious threat to Florida motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians. However, ignition interlock devices are an effective way to keep drunk drivers off of the streets. Many states have enacted legislation requiring all drunk drivers to use ignition interlock devices in an attempt to reduce the number of motor vehicle accidents and drunk driving fatalities. However, Florida does not have such a law in place.
What Are Ignition Interlock Devices?
Ignition interlock devices (or IIDs) work to keep drunk drivers off of the streets by disabling their vehicles. The breath analyzer is installed directly into the driver’s vehicle, according to The Century Council. Before the car will start, the driver must submit a breath sample by blowing into a tube attached to the device. If the IID finds any alcohol present, the car will lock. If the driver is able to start the car, the device will prompt the motorist to submit frequent rolling retests in order to keep the vehicle going. In the event that the motorist does not comply with a rolling retest, an alarm will sound until the driver turns the car off.
Are IIDs Effective?
According to the CDC, ignition interlock devices have reduced the drunk driving recidivism rate by 67 percent. This is significant as up to 75 percent of convicted drunk drivers continue to drive even with a suspended driver’s license. Florida currently requires first-time convicted DUI offenders with a blood alcohol content level of 0.15 percent or higher to use interlock devices. Court-appointed judges in Florida can use their discretion to determine whether or not a convicted DUI offender with a BAC between 0.08 and 0.14 percent must use an IID.
Call a Tampa Car Accident Attorney Today
If you are lucky enough to survive the impact of a drunk driving car accident, you may be left with serious injuries, such as traumatic brain injury, broken bones, lacerations and even paralysis. Your physical and emotional trauma may require extensive medical attention including ongoing treatment. An attorney in Florida may be able to help you explore your legal options. You may be eligible for compensation for any expenses stemming from the accident.