In 2012, a new law went into effect in Alabama, requiring that ignition interlock devices (IIDs) be installed on the vehicles of motorists who have been convicted of:
- A new study has found that, over the three years a new DUI law has been in effect, only 561 IIDs have been installed in the state, a trusted Birmingham & Montgomery DUI lawyer explains.A first-time DUI with a BAC of 0.15 or more (or other associated aggravating factors)
- A second (or subsequent) drunk driving charge.
Given that between 9,000 and 10,000 people in Alabama are convicted of DUI each year, it would seem logical to assume that at least 1,000 or so IIDs would be being installed on vehicles each year in the state.
However, a recent study done by a prominent Alabama news provider has found that, in fact, this is not the case at all – over the three-year period that the new IID DUI law has been in effect, only 561 ignition interlock devices have been installed statewide.
Reactions to IID Findings
The findings described above have, predictably, generated some concern (even outrage) among safety proponents, legislators and others.
Speaking to these concerns, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Advocate Frank Harris stated:
Let’s say there’s about 10,000 DUI convictions a year. We would hope to see at least 5,000 interlocks installed…There’s over 1,000 ignition interlocks installed in Mississippi right now. And that’s pretty amazing considering that Mississippi didn’t have three and a half years to build up to this law like Alabama did.
Similar sentiments were expressed by Donna Tate, an employee of one of three companies in Alabama that is authorized to install IIDs. Specifically, Tate explained that:
Slow is an understatement I guess you would say [in regards to the 2012 Alabama IID law taking effect]… It’s challenging. But I do have a deep understanding of what it is like on the other side… I think we’ve got to be patient. I think we’ve got to encourage our partners in the criminal justice system to be as aggressive as possible [about enforcing the IID law].
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