In 2004, Washington state started requiring all drivers convicted of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) to have an ignition interlock device installed on their car or truck if they wanted to continue driving.
An alcohol interlock devices is a breathing device which is connected to a vehicle’s ignition system and prohibits the vehicle from starting if a driver blows into the device and their Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is above a preset level.
Washington is only one of 15 states that require everyone convicted of DUI to install an ignition interlock device if they want to continue driving. Other states only make the requirement of repeat offenders or those with a very high BAC.
A new study published by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that, by requiring the interlock devices on all drivers convicted of a DUI offenses to install the devices, that Washington DUI recidivism dropped by 12%. Research extrapolated that if every driver who was required to install the device actually did so, DUI recidivism rates would drop 50%.
Washington DUI Laws
The Washington state legislature has written many laws intent at deterring and punishing those who drive while intoxicated including:
Vehicular Homicide – providing mandatory sentencing guidelines for drivers who were involved in an accident while intoxicated in which a person was killed.
Social Host – holding adults liable for furnishing alcohol to people under the age of 21.
Mandatory BAC – requiring a mandatory blood alcohol content test of drivers killed in a motor vehicle accident.
Mandatory Alcohol Assessment and Treatment – requires drivers convicted of DUI/DWI to undergo an assessment of alcohol abuse problems and participate in a treatment program.
Ignition Interlocks for First Time DUI Offenders – provides incentives or requires DUI offenders to install an ignition interlock device.
DUI Felony – a law that can make a DUI conviction a felony if the driver had previous convictions.
DUI Child Endangerment – provides additional penalties if a driver is convicted of DUI while a child was in their vehicle.
Dram Shop – provides laws that can hold establishments such as bars or restaurants liable if they negligently sold or provided alcohol to an obviously intoxicated person or a minor.
Administrative License Revocation – automatically revokes the license of a driver who fails to submit to a chemical test upon arrest for suspicion of DUI.
.08 Per Se Law – a law that makes it illegal to drive with a BAC of 0.08% or higher.
Injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver?
If you or a loved one was injured, or a loved one was killed, in a motor vehicle accident caused by a drunken driver, you should seek legal counsel so that your rights are protected. The Farber Law Group has represent victims of drunken drivers for more than 30 years and we will work hard to obtain you compensation for your damages.