South Carolina H3300 – Require An Ignition Interlock Device If A First-time Offender Of Driving Under The Influence Seeks To End A Suspension
Require An Ignition Interlock Device If A First-time Offender Of Driving Under The Influence Seeks To End A SuspensionFull Bill Text
H3300 has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee. It is not currently schedule for a hearing or vote.
Ignition interlock devices (IIDs) are notoriously unreliable, ineffective, and exorbitantly expensive for the user. The financial and collateral penalties, experienced by the average person convicted of DUI, ultimately constitute many thousands of dollars and lost educational and vocational opportunities.
The California legislature previously commissioned a study on the effectiveness of IIDs. It found:
- Although ordered by the courts to install IIDs, many DUI defendants did not do so, ostensibly because they could not afford to do so.
- When comparing the DUI convicted drivers who actually drove vehicles with IIDs to DUI drivers who did not use IIDs, those using IIDs had 84 percent more crashes.
- First offenders with high BACs, 0.20 or higher, who were ordered to use IIDs had just as many subsequent DUIs and crashes as those first offenders who were not ordered to install IIDs.
- However, the first offenders who actually had IIDs installed had far more crashes than those who did not.