Mississippi Ignition Interlock Laws
Mississippi’s Ignition Interlock Laws are designed to decrease repeat DUI offenses from occurring. Recidivism is the act of a person repeating an undesirable behavior after they have either experienced negative consequences of that behavior. In the case of DWI offenders, statistics have shown that 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).
In light of these types of figures, and close to 8,000 DWI arrests in the state in 2008, it made sense for Mississippi to enact new legislation that takes advantage of Ignition Interlock Devices and their unique ability to separate drinking from driving. Research shows that ignition interlocks, while installed on an offender’s vehicle, reduce recidivism among both first-time and repeat DWI offenders. More than 10 evaluations of ignition interlock programs have reported reductions in recidivism ranging from 50 to 90 percent, with an average reduction of 64 percent while the interlock is installed on the vehicle.
Mississippi law states that for either an intoxicated or illegal per se drunk driving offense of a first offender, the court can require such a person to only operate motor vehicles that are equipped with an ignition interlock device for not less than 1 month following license reinstatement.
In the case of a second or subsequent offender, the court must require ignition interlock. Such a requirement is mandatory as a condition for granting limited (hardship) driving privileges for subsequent offenders. It is important to note that first time offenders are not required to have IIDs installed on their automobiles. That decision rests with the presiding judge, who may decide BAIIDs are necessary due to aggravating circumstances for the first offender. Things like excessively high BAC (blood alcohol concentrations) or alcohol related accidents that result in serious injury can prompt IID requirements for first time offenders.
Interlock Ignition Devices Save Lives…
Smart Start of Mississippi’s Ignition Interlock devices prevent 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 Mississippi, 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 Mississippi court order, a DMV requirement, or some other reason, Smart start of Mississippi can help! Call us today at 800-880-3394 or call one of our Mississippi IID location centers for more help.