Alaska Ignition Interlock

The beautiful state of Alaska is not immune to the scourge of drunk driving. According to statistics, 62 individuals died in alcohol related motor vehicle accidents in 2008. While DUI related arrest statistics from the census indicate that over 4,700 individuals were arrested for drunk driving per year. All across the nation, legislative bodies are enacting laws that punish those individuals who decide to drive while impaired.

A law that was passed in June of 2008 makes it mandatory for all DWI offenders to have an IID installed on their autos in order to regain unobstructed driving privileges. The court must order those arrested for DWI to drive a vehicle with an ignition interlock device (IID) for either a 6 or 12 month period starting when the individual regains their privilege to drive. Meanwhile, the DMV is required to place a “C” (ignition interlock device required) restriction on the offending party’s driver license. The back of the license will state “IID REQUIRED” under the heading “Restrictions.” On a limited driver’s license, “Ignition Interlock Device Required” is printed in bold letters on the paper license.

Following a license revocation period, an individual convicted of DWI can reinstate their driving privileges by successfully passing the required tests, paying the reinstatement and licensing fees and providing proof of the following: SR-22 insurance filing, ignition interlock installation, and ASAP satisfaction.

Alcohol Impaired Driving Is Deadly…

Alcohol impaired driving is a menace on America’s highways. Statistics show that every 40 minutes an individual is killed due to drunk driving. Despite the best efforts of law enforcement and government agencies, nearly 13,000 people were killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes in 2007 (NHTSA 2008a). Many drivers involved in fatal alcohol-impaired-driving crashes have been arrested previously for driving while intoxicated (DWI). In 2007, drivers with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 grams per deciliter or higher in fatal crashes were eight times more likely to have a prior conviction for driving while impaired than were drivers with no alcohol (NHTSA, 2008a).

Interlock Ignition Devices Save Lives…

Enter Smart Start of Alaska’s Ignition Interlock devices. By preventing impaired drivers from starting and operating motor vehicles, the separation of an unsafe driver from a vehicle that has the potential to be a deadly weapon may prevent untold tragedy. Ignition Interlock devices have documented success in limiting alcohol impaired driving, especially among those drivers who have been arrested for DUI in the past. Research shows that ignition interlocks are associated with substantial reductions in recidivism, ranging from 50 percent to 90 percent while the interlock is installed on the vehicle.

Contact Smart Start To Get Started!

For more information on Ignition Interlock Devices in Alaska, contact us online at Smart Start today. Our installation technicians deal exclusively with Ignition Interlock Devices in your area and we have experience with the proper installation, monitoring, and removal of Ignition Interlock Devices. Whether you are installing an IID in response to a Alaska court order, a DMV requirement, or some other reason, Smart start of Alaska can help! Call us today at 800-880-3394 or call one of our Alaska IID location centers for more help.

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