Lifesaving Laws

State laws requiring drunk driving offenders to use ignition interlocks, an alcohol-sensing device that stalls a vehicle if the driver is too intoxicated, do save lives, according to a first-of-its kind study. Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Colorado School of Public Health compared the outcomes of alcohol-involved crashes with and without ignition interlock laws over a 32-year period across all 50 US states. They found that laws making the devices mandatory for all drunk driving offenders, rather than just for some, have prevented an estimated 1,250 alcohol-involved fatal crashes. 26 states now have mandatory interlock laws.

Source: American Journal of Preventive Medicine

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