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Do ignition interlocks really work to deter DUI incidents, accidents?

The trend seems clear enough.

For anyone who might be looking for continuing confirmation that state safety and enforcement officials across the country believe strongly in the efficacy of ignition interlock devices in curbing inebriated behind-the-wheel behaviors and the resulting tragedies they so often inflict, here's a pile of it.

To wit: According to the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mandatory installation of so-called IIDs in vehicles of convicted drunk motorists both figuratively and literally drives down their presence on roadways by a whopping 67%.

The implications of that for the safety of other occupants of passenger vehicles, motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians are clear enough.

In fact, they're stark, and likely played a prominent role as a catalyst in Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval's signature recently being affixed to Senate Bill 259, which results in Nevada becoming the 30th state to impose an IID exaction on convicted DUI offenders.

The applause for that is both loud and widespread. The advocacy group Mothers Against Drunk Driving didn't take long in the wake of the bill's execution to laud it, with one spokesperson stating the imposition "will save lives by stopping first offenders from becoming repeat offenders."

Here are a couple key specifics regarding SB 259:

  • 90-day IID installation following a DUI arrest
  • In the event of conviction, judicial discretion to mandate whether a minimum six-month installation period should be imposed

Clearly, the legislation puts Nevada in close step with a progressively growing majority of other states.

We wish safe travel to all our readers and their families across Nevada at all times, including, of course, over the upcoming and busy 4th of July holiday.

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