Alabama Ignition Interlock

To date, Alabama has no Ignition Interlock Statutes on its books. That is not to say, however, that the state is not struggling with the issue of Driving While Intoxicated. With more than 350 alcohol related deaths on Alabama highways, the state is all too familiar with DUIs and the mayhem that they can cause. This is further evidenced by the more than 12,000 DWI arrests that occurred in the state in 2008. Ignition Interlocks may be in the future of Alabama drunk driving offenders, however, as 2 new IID bills have been introduced by Alabama legislature

Alabama Senate Bill 52 has been presented, and its language relates to motor vehicles and driving under the influence, by increasing the penalties for violations by requiring a person authorized to drive a motor vehicle after a conviction of driving under the influence to have installed and use an ignition interlock device for certain periods of time. The bill would require the Department of Forensic Sciences to certify ignition interlock devices and would require The Department of Public Safety to issue restricted driver’s licenses for persons required to drive only with an ignition interlock device.

Alabama House Bill 322 relates to motor vehicles and driving under the influence, this bill increases the penalties for violations by requiring a person authorized to drive a motor vehicle after a conviction of driving under the influence to have installed and utilize an ignition interlock device for certain periods of time. The bill provides for the installation and certification of ignition interlock devices and imposes certain duties on the driver, legislative bodies including law enforcement and the department of motor vehicles.

This bill is aimed to increase the penalties for violations by requiring certain persons authorized to drive a motor vehicle after a conviction of driving under the influence to have installed and operating an ignition interlock device for certain periods of time; to provide for the installation and certification of ignition interlock devices.

Smart Start will be monitoring these bills and stands at the ready to help implement new Alabama statutes as they become law. By successfully separating drinking from driving, Smart Start has shown through widespread use in other states that the use of IIDs can help reduce the number of intoxicated drivers on our roads. It also prevents habitual DUI offenders from being able to drink and drive and by catching those who try, the authorities are able to place repeat offenders in substance abuse programs where there medical needs can be addressed. This is of paramount concern with DUI offenders, who have an especially high level of recidivism. In fact, drivers who are involved in fatal DUI accidents are likely to have been involved in a previous DUI arrest. This is because the worst of the DUI offenders on our highways are alcoholics who cannot control their drinking impulses.

For more information on how Smart Start of Alabama can help you, or for more information on voluntary IIDs in the state, visit one of our IID locations, make an online appointment to visit one of our centers, or contact us today at 800-880-3394. We are here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, ready to serve you.

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