Friday, June 12, 2015

Interlock Devices May Be a Nuisance, But Are Very Advantageous

         Maryland, as well as 20 other states, mandate use of ignition interlock devices for first time DUI offenders.  While many believe that the ignition interlock device is very strict punishment for a first-time offender, several studies have shown that people convicted of DUI have driven while impaired by alcohol numerous times before being arrested even once.  Interlock devices are installed to be connected to your car in a way that prohibits any driving if the machine detects any alcohol.  Most devices also require the driver to blow into it additional times while operating the car, which is known as a “rolling retest.”

            When studies are conducted comparing states that have laws requiring interlock devices to be used after a first DUI offense to states that do not require interlock devices for a first offense, it shows that the advantages of an interlock surpass any potential drawbacks to the program.  Drivers with devices installed in their cars were less likely of having another alcohol-related offense.  In addition, most drivers remained DUI free for a longer period even after the device is removed.  Drunk driving has been a serious problem for several years and continues to be a problem today.  While thousands of drivers are caught by police, thousands more get away with drinking and driving, and oftentimes injure or kill an innocent person.  National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics show that more than 10,000 people die every year from accidents attributed to drunk drivers.

            If you do get caught drinking and driving tomorrow and are charged with DUI, call our attorneys for a free consultation.  Our Maryland DUI attorneys handle drunk driving-related cases every day.  If you have been arrested for a DUI/DWI it is important that you consult an experienced DUI attorney immediately because DUI is a criminal offense and carries potentially severe penalties.  An experienced attorney can guide you through the court process and find any possible defenses that can either mitigate the penalties in the case, or in some instances, lead to an acquittal or dismissal. 

             If you or a family member has been charged with DUI or DWI in Maryland and would like a free legal consultation or if you would like more information on DUI or DWI please feel free to contact our office at (301) 854-9000 and schedule an appointment at our office in Columbia or throughout Maryland, or visit us on the web at http://www.portnerandshure.com/Criminal-Defense/DWI-DUI/

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