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Drunk driving deterrents lower repeat offenses

Posted On Thu, March 15, 2012

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently showed that those who were convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol may be less likely to commit the same crime again if they have interlocks installed in their vehicles.

The study found that in the state of Washington, those who drove drunk were deterred markedly from repeating their offense due to interlock devices becoming more widespread. In total, the rate dropped by 12 percent. Approximately 33 percent of those offenders had an interlock device installed on their car. The report noted that the figure would have improved significantly if all of these consumers had a device.

"Drivers with previous impaired-driving convictions are overrepresented in alcohol-related fatal crashes, so deterring people from reoffending is a good first step to reduce the death toll," said Anne McCartt, the Institute's senior vice president for research. "As this study shows, the more offenders are covered by an interlock law, the better it works."

While these devices may help keep the roads safe, they are not particularly widespread. Due to this, consumers may want to ensure they have sufficient auto insurance plans to be covered in case of an accident. Comparing auto insurance quotes may be the best way to do this.

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