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Cameras on ignition interlock devices soon could be a reality

Maryland drivers who have been convicted of drunk driving charges know that the risks of drinking and driving rarely measure up to the potential penalties for being caught. Not only are the potential penalties expensive in terms of money (large fines), freedom (jail time) and prestige (a criminal record), there are some relatively recent phenomena that end up making the whole affair even more embarrassing.

The idea of an interlock ignition device is not a new one. This device requires drivers to blow into machine that is connected to the car. The driver has to prove that he or she has no alcohol on his or her breath in order for the car to be started.

Of course, at times, people have attempted to find ways around blowing into the device, particularly if they had been drinking. One of the more obvious ways is to have someone who has not been drinking to blow into the device on behalf of a driver who may have been drinking. It is a crime to do this, as might be expected, but it is a difficult one to enforce.

However, one of the latest innovations in interlock ignition devices aims to change that. Some newer units have a camera attached to them, which records the actions of the people in the car when using the device. It could be considered to be yet another indignity someone must face after a drunk driving conviction.

This is why it's important not to be convicted of a drinking and driving-related offense in the first place. An experienced DUI/DWI defense attorney can work on behalf of a client who is facing charges.

Source: The Times, "Smile: DUI car breathalyzers now include cameras," Steve Stout, July 9, 2013

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