It’s been a year since the state enacted the Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) program. At the time it was believed the program would reduce recidivism on DUI offenders. One year later, the program still has its critics.
The BAIID program requires first time offenders that want to drive to install an ignition interlock device in their car. This device requires a breath test before allowing someone to start their vehicle. The law’s intention was to reduce drunk driving by DUI offenders.
As with any technology, the Ignition Interlock Devices aren’t 100% reliable. As this article from The State Journal Register explains, mouthwash can prevent a person from getting to work in the morning as the alcohol within it may read a false positive. In addition, there are reported incidences of the systems malfunctioning and freezing up.
The BAIID isn’t without costs. Offenders who opt for the program must pay all maintenance and installation fees, adding a greater bite to the fines they are already facing.
Because the Ignition Interlock Devices are optional, many people are choosing to not have them installed. An unfortunate reality is that many of these people are likely driving anyways. So the question remains, what good are they?
With 6,100 people having the devices installed in the past year, there is little doubt that they may be playing a small role in keeping DUI offenders from drinking. However, it would be unjustifiably optimistic to think that people aren’t finding a way around the system.
The BAIID law is just one way a DUI conviction can affect your life on a daily basis. Pair this inconvenience with jail time, fines, and a permanent criminal record and you are likely under a serious amount of stress when facing DUI charges.
Having a DUI defense attorney looking closely at your case and assisting you with your outcome can make a big difference. Contact me today to discuss how I might be able to help you get the best results possible when you go to court.