St. Paul, MINNESOTA (WXOW) - A Minnesota program to prevent repeat drunk driving is showing success.
The Department of Public Safety said less than one-percent of the 10,664 DWI offenders in the state who have used or are currently using ignition interlock have reoffended since the program starting inception in July 2011
In Minnesota, repeat DWI offenders, as well as first-time offenders arrested at 0.16 and above alcohol-concentration level must use interlock in order to regain legal driving privileges, or face at least one year without a driver's license. Offenders with three or more offenses are required to install interlock and use for three to six years, or they will never regain driving privileges.
The Ignition interlock devices are connected to a vehicle's starter. The only way a driver can start the vehicle is by blowing into the device and measuring an alcohol content under 0.02. If the alcohol content is at 0.02 or above, the car will not start and the information will be recorded and later transmitted to the monitoring authority.
To date, 3,283 people have graduated from the interlock program—meaning, they used the device for the required period without reoffending. There are currently 7,381 people using ignition interlock in Minnesota.
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