Whiskey with car keys and handcuffs concept for drinking and drivingA new study indicates that ignition interlocks for anyone who has been convicted of drunk driving can help to minimize the number of fatal alcohol related car accidents than laws that are less strict.

The study was recently published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and identified that mandatory interlock laws were linked to a 7% decrease and the rate of fatal vehicle crashes where at least one driver had blood alcohol over the legal limit. This led to a decrease of approximately 1,250 fatal car accidents in states that were making use of the mandatory interlock laws since the laws initially began appearing on the books in 1993.

An ignition interlock device detects alcohol on the breath. In the event that the alcohol reading is more than the preset limit, the driver would not be able to start his or her vehicle. All 50 states have some kind of ignition interlock law presently but 26 states in the U.S. have mandatory laws requiring all people who have been convicted of a DUI offense to use an interlock device in order to drive legally. This is the first study of its kind to look at the different types of interlock laws across the United States and how they may translate to realistic outcomes in terms of accidents.

If you or someone you know has recently been injured as a result of a drunk driving accident you may be entitled to recover compensation after filing a personal injury claim.  

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