DMV Says Ignition Locks Prevent DUI’sBy Courier Staff Writer
In a recent study, the California Department of Motor Vehicles found ignition interlock devices significantly lower the risk of repeat drunk driving incidents by 41%.
According to David DeYoung, manager of alcohol and drug projects in DMV’s research and development units, repeat offenders who are beginning to come to grips with their alcohol problem often find the mechanical devices to be helpful in keeping them out of cars when they’ve been drinking.
The study also showed that court orders to first-time offenders to install an ignition interlock device are not as effective in reducing recidivism among that group—perhaps because many first offenders tend to be in denial, resent the devices and refuse to install them.
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