Driving under the influence of alcohol is one of the most reckless and dangerous things a person can do. Unfortunately, the nation’s capital and the surrounding areas see high rates of drunk drivers. This has prompted police forces and officials to step up efforts to combat this problem. Lawmakers in Washington D.C believe the city may be falling behind in its goal of making roads safer.
Breathalyzer ignition program
During a recent hearing on new bills aimed at reducing dangerous driving, the D.C. Council raised concerns over a lack of enforcement of current laws. More specifically, a law that was enacted to prevent drunk driving. Last year, the city instituted a mandatory Breathalyzer ignition program that those convicted of DUI must adhere to to get a reinstated license.
With the Breathalyzer ignitions, if the driver has a breath alcohol level of .02 or above, the vehicle will not start. According to records, over 300 people were in the program. However, it was reported that only eight D.C. residents who were convicted of DUI have these interlocking devices on their vehicles. Council members say officials must crack down on enforcing this law to keep streets safe.
Officers typically use several methods to determine if a driver is intoxicated, such as Breathalyzers and field sobriety tests. Yet, even if a driver passes these tests, he or she can still be arrested and charged with DUI if the officer suspects the driver could be intoxicated. Fortunately, those in Maryland who have been charged with a DUI have the right to speak with a legal professional to help defend against DUI charges. A skilled litigator can provide invaluable guidance and work to achieve the best possible outcome.