There is only one thing that can prevent a drunken driving accident. That thing is a driver. Everything else, including drunk driving laws, interlock ignition devices, and drunken driving education, is meant to persuade or require a driver to make to make the right decision to only get behind the wheel when sober. It is important to consider the efforts that are made to prevent drunken driving accidents and to determine if they are successful so that more impaired-driver accidents in Independence and throughout Missouri can be prevented.
What Does the Missouri Interlock Device Law Require and Is it Effective?
The Missouri ignition interlock law requires a driver to have an ignition interlock installed:
- For second and subsequent drunk driving offenses.
- When a driver refuses to submit to a chemical test to determine if he or she was driving under the influence.
Additionally, a court may order, but is not required to order, an ignition interlock for a first time drunk driving offender in Missouri.
Ignition interlocks may discourage drunken driving, but they are not foolproof. Specifically, they cannot prevent a drunken driving accident if they are not installed, if they are circumvented, or if a driver borrows a car without such a device. Of course, a court cannot require such a device until after a drunk driving arrest has been made and, thus, people have been at risk of injury or have been hurt or killed.
Call a Kansas City Car Accident Lawyer If You’ve Been Hurt
If you’ve been hurt in an Independence drunken driving wreck, or a drunken driving crash elsewhere in Missouri, then it is important to get the help that you need to understand your legal rights and possible legal recovery. For more information, we encourage you to contact an experienced Kansas City auto accident attorney at (816) 471-5111 or (888) 348-2616 and to read our free book, Don’t Wreck Your Injury Claim.