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Ignition interlocks are often a huge burden

Almost everyone knows that driving drunk is against the law. Still, some people find themselves in a position that requires them to do just that during the holidays. If you are tempted to drive drunk in order to get home, take a few moments to think about the possible consequences of that decision.

When you are stopped for drunk driving, you will likely be arrested and face criminal charges. These charges come with a host of penalties, including being require to use an ignition interlock. This is a device that you have to have installed on any vehicle you drive. It requires you to breathe into it before it will start. If you have alcohol on your breath, the vehicle won't start and will register those results.

There are several reasons why lawmakers have turned to ignition interlocks to help keep people who have been convicted of drinking and driving from repeating that action. Three out of four people who have a suspended license for drunk driving continue to drive. The average drunk driver has gotten behind the wheel after drinking 80 times before he or she is caught the first time. Those harrowing statistics are reasons for ignition interlocks.

In Arizona, the number of drunk driving deaths has dropped since the ignition interlock for all offenders became law. This means that the ignition interlock mandate isn't going away anytime soon. If you are convicted of drunk driving charges, you should know that you will be on the hook for the cost of the ignition interlock. Additionally, anyone who drivers your vehicle will have to use the device. This should fuel your desire to work on a defense against the charges.

Source: Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, "Sober to Start," accessed Nov. 24, 2016

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