These ignition lock devices are already in use in a number of states and have proven to be effective as a deterrent against repeat driving under the influence offenses. However, they are costly, and those convicted of DUI have to foot the bill themselves. Not only is there expense in installing these machines in your car but there is also a monthly upkeep fee to be paid, again, by the person convicted.
The device works by preventing your ignition from turning over unless you pass a breathalyzer test first. The test is attached directly to your vehicle and a computer determines whether or not you pass before deciding whether or not to allow your vehicle to start.
Sen. Nicholas Scutari (D-Union), a municipal prosecutor is co-sponsoring legislation which would require anyone convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol to install one of these devices on their car-or any car which they are planning to drive. To be caught driving a vehicle without an ignition locking mechanism would void your release and you could either be fined again or sent to jail. Under this new legislation if you caught driving under the influence three or more times you will be required to use an ignition locking device for the rest of your life.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention these ignition locking devices, or inter-lock devices, have proven effective in keeping anyone convicted of a DUI from re-offending.
Scutari has withdrawn his initial legislation and has tinkering with the wording. He is considering increasing the fines for first time offenders convicted of DUI as a way of keeping them from ever thinking about doing it again.