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What Auto Insurance Laws Has To Say About Recidivism In The US

For a long time, private organizations alongside legislators have been fighting against drunken driving. Their major fight has been against repeat offenders or the act of recidivism. Recidivism refers to offenders who have been arrested time and again for the same offence and in this case DUI. Auto Insurance Laws are indeed strict on DUI but have made little headway in the fight against recidivism. Tougher penalties and punishments have been put in place but most seem to punish first time offenders as harshly as repeat offenders.  This has been an issue that many in society find unfair since most first time offenders just had a slip in judgment while repeat offenders are more often than not alcoholics.

Argument is rife that persons with recidivism can benefit more from mandatory rehabilitation than from large fines. Research done by the DMV states that, DUI offenders with low blood alcohol concentration are at a higher risk of falling into recidivism than those with higher concentrations. This is because low blood alcohol concentration means lower fines and fees that may otherwise not serve as a good enough lessons making the individual highly likely to repeat the offense again. This therefore makes them very risky on the roads. As a result, the research by the DMV concluded that an individual with a short history of multiple traffic violations is a clear indication of recidivism.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) have in the recent past pushed legislation to use technology in the fight against drunk driving. This heralded the introduction of the ignition interlocking device which has so far been the biggest achievement yet. The device works by restricting ignition of the vehicle until the driver provides a breath sample by blowing into the device. The blood alcohol concentration restriction configured onto the device is set at 0.02 percent. If the concentration of alcohol in the individual’s breath is at or above the set limit, it restricts the vehicle from starting. If you need to go somewhere and your vehicle does not start you will be forced to look for other means of travel. That in a nutshell is the theory behind the invention of this device.

The intoxicated driver will be forced to opt for public means to get to where he or she wants to go or have a friend take over and drive him or her. The ignition interlock device has now been introduced as part of Auto Insurance Law. This means that offenders are ordered by the court to have their vehicles fitted with the device to avoid repeat offences. If the offender is a member of a family, the law will require that all the vehicles in the household be fitted with the gadget. This is just an additional safety measure to ensure that the offender does not use another family member’s vehicle to repeat the offense.

All these expenses are extended to the offender, thus making recidivism a very expensive venture. To learn more on this, enter your Zip in the slot provided at the start of the page.