The interlock devices are designed to keep a vehicle from cranking if the driver has alcohol on his breath.
The problem came to the attention of the media when in New York City it was discovered that only 21 percent of convicted drunk drivers had actually installed the devices, required by Leandra's Law which went into effect in New York a year ago.
Can't Drive Without the Interlock
Statewide, only 44 percent of drunk drivers have installed interlock devices. Only 528 of the 2,562 drivers convicted of DWI in the state have the devices on their cars.
Under the law, drivers do not have to install the devices, but if they don't they have to surrender their driver's license. They have to pay for the interlocks to be installed and pay a monthly monitoring fee, if they want to continue to drive.
They are getting around the requirement by transferring the title of their vehicles to a relative or friend. Some of them tell officials that they got rid of their vehicles.
In New York, legislators are working on a bill that would close the loophole. Their proposed law would require that the ignition interlock devices be installed immediately any time a convicted drunk driver registers a vehicle.
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