Study Suggests Ignition Interlock Devices for All DUIs – But At What Cost?

keys_ignition_197512.jpgThe Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) recently recommended that drivers convicted of DUI (driving under the influence) under any circumstances should be required to have an ignition interlock device placed on their vehicles. The recommendation was based on an IIHS study that concluded that drivers with ignition interlock devices were half as likely to have an alcohol-related crash that caused injury or death as drivers who had been convicted of DUI but had no ignition interlock device.

While the recommendation has been applauded by safety experts, opponents point out that the costs of implementing it are quite high.

The IIHS estimates that the average ignition interlock device costs approximately $200 to install, plus daily operating costs of $50 or more per month. Many companies that install and monitor the devices charge additional fees for removing the device when it is no longer required and for restoring the vehicle to its original condition.

In most states, all these costs are borne by the owner of the vehicle who must pay them on top of license restoration fees, fines, community service, probation, and other penalties that come with a DUI conviction. Expanding ignition interlock requirements would extend the costs of this device to all drivers who face a DUI conviction in Colorado Springs and throughout the state.

At The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., our dedicated Colorado DUI defense attorneys strive to provide the best possible defense for every client we represent. We fight to protect our client’s rights at every step of the criminal process and also to secure the best possible results in court. If you’re facing a DUI charge, call us today for a confidential consultation at (719) 475-2555.

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