No one likes to have an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicle. In fact, it's an extreme inconvenience to have to blow into the device, and also embarrassing when passengers are in the car with you. Nevertheless, these devices play a crucial role in allowing those convicted of DUI to get back on the road as soon as possible.
In the state of Wisconsin, ignition interlock device usage is particularly common. In fact, the state was recently recognized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) because ignition interlock devices in Wisconsin prevented more incidents of DUI than these devices have in any other state. In 2016, 37,299 instances of drunk driving didn't happen because drivers were blocked from using their vehicles by these devices.
MADD has made ignition interlock device laws it's top priority. When these devices are installed in a car, they prevent drivers from operating their vehicles if they have the smallest amount of alcohol on their breath.
Under Wisconsin law, any first-time drunk driver who had a blood alcohol content of 0.15 and up, in addition to all repeat DUI convictions, must install a breath interlock device in their cars.
Another reason why ignition interlock devices are essential is because research has shown that among those convicted of DUI who have had their licenses suspended 50 to 70 percent are likely to continue driving. That means that a license suspension isn't enough to keep drunk drivers off the road. Ignition interlock allows drivers to stay on the road; it just makes sure they're sober.
If you've been accused of drunk driving in Wisconsin, you may want to seek representation from an experienced DUI defense attorney. An attorney will review the facts of your case and take whatever legal action is necessary to defend you against the charges.
Source: Fox 9, "Wisconsin leads nation in drunk driver ignition interlock stops," March 15, 2017