Confusion About Arizona’s Deferment Ignition Interlock Program

Confusion About Arizona's Ignition Interlock AZ Program

Arizona passed stringent Ignition Interlock legislation in September of 2008 requiring all convicted DUI offenders to place an Ignition Interlock system on their vehicle in order to reinstate driving privileges. The minimum mandate for first-time offenders was one year.  In late 2010 The Arizona Licensed Beverage Association, Inc.(ALBA) lobbied for a change of the Arizona law, stating it was too strict and overbearing for those people who have never had a DUI.  The Managing Member of QuickStart Ignition Interlock says“The liquor industry promotes No Drinking and Driving yet it was in the best interest of the liquor industry to loosen the ignition interlock laws.  I believe these two stances are contradictory.  Furthermore, proponents of the bill were telling media sources there would be language in the bill that would increase the amount of drug and alcohol counseling mandated.  I am a proponent of this however the final version of the legislation contained no such language.” In April of 2011 Governor Jan Brewer signed off on Arizona Senate Bill 1200 (SB 1200). Continue reading

Ignition Interlock Enables DUI Offenders to Resume Driving After Conviction

DUI ConvictionIf you have been convicted of driving under the influence and your license was suspended, the court may, most likely, require you to get a DUI ignition interlock device in your motor vehicle, in order to ensure that you’re not able to drive if you’re drunk.

An ignition interlock is a breath analyzer that stops drivers from starting a vehicle if their blood alcohol count is more than the pre-set level. On being found guilty of DUI, one is not allowed to drive until their ban is lifted. However, an ignition interlock device comes as an alternative that allows offenders to keep driving. Individuals can apply for a driving license with an “I” on it and get installed a DUI ignition interlock in their vehicles. Continue reading

What is Ignition Interlock? Protecting the Public from Drunk Drivers

QuickStartAZ Ignition Interlock AZDUI ignition interlock devices are designed to ensure the safety of drivers as well as general public from mishaps that may happen because of drunk driving. Ignition interlock is a device that is installed on motor vehicles to prohibit individuals under the influence of alcohol from operating the vehicle. Individuals are required to blow into the device before starting the vehicle. If the device detects alcohol, it will prevent the vehicle from starting.

According to researches, it has been proved as a device that saves lives. Of course, there is a reduction in DUI cases to some extent but there are some loopholes in it that stop it from being 100 percent efficient. This proves ineffective when DUI offenders decide to go off the roads instead of bearing the expense of hundreds of dollars in having the device installed in their vehicles. They either travel with a friend who already has an IID installed in the vehicle or by public transport or car pool. Continue reading