Dr. Richard Roth released a study that tracked the use of ignition interlock devices as a penalty for drunk driving throughout the U.S. The study tracked the national trend of ignition interlock use as well as individual state data.
The study found that there were about 300,000 ignition interlock devices installed in vehicles across the U.S. As there were approximately 1,000,000 people convicted for a DUI each year, roughly 30 percent of these drivers had to install an ignition interlock device.
Looking at state-specific data, there were 18,016 ignition interlock devices installed in Washington. This was the fifth highest individual state total. There were more ignition interlock devices installed in Texas, California, Arizona, and Colorado. When broken down by population, Washington still finished in the top 6 of ignition interlock devices installed per resident. Washington also finished in the top 5 when looking at the number of ignition interlock devices installed per fatal DUI accident.
One of the conclusions that can be drawn by Dr. Roth's study is that the use of ignition interlock devices is on the rise. Additionally, Washington is one of the most aggressive states in requiring ignition interlock use. As a result, if you have been convicted of drunk driving in the Seattle or King County area, the chances are high that you may be required to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle.
So you will want to fight your DUI charges with the help of an experienced advocate to avoid this and other penalties. You can learn more about possible defenses and options to fight a DUI charge by discussing your case with an attorney. Contact a DUI defense attorney at Wolff Criminal Defense by calling 425-284-2000 to schedule a consultation to review the specifics of your case.