Washington state currently has a program in place that helps low-income DUI offenders afford ignition interlock devices. However, the funding for the program has suddenly run dry and these low-income DUI offenders may be back on the road without having to install the device, reports Northwest News.
As you may know, the state may require DUI offenders to install an ignition interlock device into their cars following a DUI conviction. An ignition interlock device helps prevent drunk driving by forcing drivers to blow into the device to ensure that they are sober. If the device detects alcohol on the driver's breath, the car "locks" up and the driver cannot start the car. While ignition interlock devices are very effective at decreasing drunk driving, they are also very expensive to maintain. In many cases where drivers cannot afford the device, the state will subsidize the cost of the device through the above-mentioned program.
However, without state funding for the subsidy, approximately 2,000 low income drivers may now have to opt for a suspended license instead of paying the costs for an ignition interlock device. While someone is technically not supposed to drive on a suspended license, the truth is that not having a license may be less of a deterrent to drive drunk than an actual physical device in someone's car that locks up the car.
Contact a Seattle DUI Attorney
If you have any questions about Washington DUI laws and the ignition interlock device requirement, you should contact an experienced Seattle DUI attorney. You can discuss the specifics of your case and the impact of any changing laws with an attorney at Wolff Criminal Defense by calling 425-284-2000.