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Ignition interlock device safety issues

On Behalf of | Oct 21, 2020 | Drunk Driving

Many people in California convicted of driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated offenses may lose their driving privileges as part of the penalties for their charges.

During a driver’s license suspension period, some people may reinstate their driving privileges via different methods. One method may put drivers in a position that encourages distracted driving.

Driver’s license suspension options

According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, a DUI defendant may request a restricted driver’s license. This type of license gives them the ability to drive to and from work. Another way that a DUI defendant may reinstate driving privileges during a suspension period is by installing and using an ignition interlock device. With an IID, a person may drive at any time and for any purpose.

How an IID works

An ignition interlock device aims to prevent a person from driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. It achieves this in two ways. First, the IID requires a driver to pass a breath test prior to starting a vehicle’s ignition.

Additionally, the driver must take subsequent breath tests during a driving trip. Car and Driver magazine indicates these rolling retests force people into distracted driving behaviors. To take a test, a driver must hold the device in one hand, read the device display and concentrate on all steps of the test. This creates a manual, visual and cognitive distraction.

Several accidents have been linked to a driver’s participation in one of these required rolling retests, highlighting the dangers they pose to DUI defendants and other motorists and pedestrians as well.