Massachusetts Ignition Interlock Laws

The state of Massachusetts, like all states in the country, is in the midst of a battle against the near epidemic problem of DWIs on state highways. Massachusetts had more than 11,000 DWI arrests and several hundred alcohol related automobile fatalities in 2008. The problem facing the state lies in the unique problem that this type of offense poses. Individuals rely on their automobiles to get to and from work and live their daily lives, yet DWI offenders tend to be among the worst of all repeat criminal offenders.

In fact, 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). Researchers have found, however, that ignition interlocks are exceedingly effective at reducing recidivism among among both first-time and repeat DWI offenders, with reductions in subsequent DWI arrests ranging from 50 to 90 percent while the interlock is installed on the vehicle.

This is because IIDs use the most recent technology to effectively separate drinking from driving. With an ignition interlock installed, DWI offenders can maintain employment, attend school, get treatment, and take care of family obligations—yet are prevented from driving if alcohol has been used. Offenders and their families benefit because they are not faced with the same transportation, financial, and legal consequences as offenders who choose not to install ignition interlocks.

In an effort to take advantage of the technology available to them, Massachusetts has put regulations in their statutes that require DWI offenders to have Ignition Interlock Devices installed on their automobiles. IID’s use the latest technologies to insure that individuals who have had alcohol to drink are not able to get behind the wheel of their automobiles.

Massachusetts statute 90§24 (1)(c)(2) states that:

“Offenders with more than one drunken-driving conviction are required to install an ignition interlock device on their vehicles for a period of 2 years as a condition of having their licenses reinstated.”

If you have been unfortunate enough to have been arrested for a drunk driving offense in Massachusetts, Smart Start of Massachusetts can help. Our technicians are specialists when it comes to IIDs and we can answer any and all questions you might have about the technology and hot it works. We are also experts in dealing with court ordered and motor vehicle department regulations. We know the ins and outs of process, know what forms the courts use and how to understand them and fill them out.

Contact Smart Start today in one of our Massachusetts IID locations for help with the installation of your Ignition Interlock Device. We can make sure that you adhere to court ordered and motor vehicle appointed requirements, allowing you to get back on the road and back to living a more normal life. We are here to help you during this very trying time, fill out our online consultation form or call us today for more information at 800-880-3394.

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