Ignition Interlock Credited with Drop in IL DUI Crashes

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (IRN) – Officials say drunk driving incidents in Illinois have dropped since introduction of ignition interlocks.

The devices are installed in first-time DUI offenders’ vehicles.  If the driver’s intoxicated, the car won’t start.

Secretary of State Jesse White says the number of vehicles equipped with the breath testing systems has quadruped in the 21/2 years since the law took effect.

The Illinois Department of Transportation says alcohol-related crashes dropped by five-percent last year.  18 fewer people died in drunk driving incidents than the previous year.

Copyright Illinois Radio Network

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