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Ignition interlock a source for driver distraction

Montana residents should know about the good that is being done through ignition interlock devices. These are in-car Breathalyzers that let drivers start their vehicle only after they are proven to be sober. Installing one is mandatory for DUI offenders in 34 states, and over the past 10 years, the number of IIDs installed rose from 133,000 to 350,000.

There are 15% fewer alcohol-related crash fatalities in those states with an IID law than in those without one. The CDC claims that IIDs lower the chances of a repeat DUI offense by 70% when installed. The devices are so well-regarded that lawmakers are proposing to make them, or something like them, a standard part of all new vehicles by 2024.

However, one should be aware of the drawbacks. The New York Times investigated dozens of car crashes where drivers claimed to have been distracted by the ignition interlock. The issue seems to stem from the fact that IIDs require a breath test at certain intervals while drivers are on the road. These "rolling retests" are causing drivers to look down in order to pick up the handset that they breathe into. IIDs do give drivers several minutes to take these retests. If distraction is a concern, then drivers can always pull over to the side of the road.

People have a right to be concerned, of course, because distracted driving is a form of negligence no matter its cause. When car accidents are a result, occupants of other vehicles often suffer severe injuries that require lengthy periods of expensive medical treatment. These victims might find it advisable to have a lawyer's help when seeking compensation for their losses.

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