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NEW YORK MAY SOON REQUIRE IGNITION INTERLOCKS FOR ALL DWI OFFENDERS

New York State may be the 11th State in the United States to make ignition interlock devices mandatory vehicles owned by people convicted of drinking and driving (DWI) even if it is their first conviction. The device can detect alcohol in a driver’s breath and prevents the car from starting if alcohol is detected. The proposal made by two Long Island legislators, Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. and Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg is already gaining steam in Albany where it has already passed the Senate Transportation Committee. The ignition interlock legislation has passed the Senate before but has not gotten through the New York State Assembly.

While the legislation is popular, its effectiveness is questionable since it only works on the offender’s car and he could obviously drive any car including a rental, a friend’s car or a family member’s car. In addition, anybody could blow into the device thus permitting the intoxicated driver to operate the car.

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As experience New York DWI attorneys know, this legislation will add another collateral consequence to a long list of consequences of New York DWI convictions. This list already includes: offenders having a criminal conviction, fines, surcharges, insurance consequences, Driver Responsibility Assessment and license revocation in addition to possibility of jail, probation, conditional discharge, mandatory attendance at a victim impact panel and revocation of offender’s registration.

New York DWI’s are costly and are getting costlier. Everyone needs to be careful. If you or a loved one has been charged with in New York with DWI or DWAI contact the law firm of Tilem & Campbell.

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One response to “NEW YORK MAY SOON REQUIRE IGNITION INTERLOCKS FOR ALL DWI OFFENDERS”

  1. Michael C Shultis says:

    First I would like to point out that the offender will have a restriction on their license requiring interlock. If caught driving a vehicle without interlock will be a violation and land them in jail
    Second if someone is crazy enough to blow into the device and then accompany the impaired driver in the vehicle while driving drunk…
    The new camera units will prohibit anyone other than the driver to use the device. At ech startup and all rolling retests the drivers picture will be taken during the test
    If you would like a demonstration of a unit please feel free to contact me 800-871-5462
    BTW that picture of my hand above is copyright material(just kidding)