Drunk Driving: Texas Passes Ignition Interlock Law

Texas has implemented a new law that will allow people who have been convicted of drunk driving to commute as long as they install an ignition interlock device in their vehicles. Photo of breath test

According to the Dallas Morning News, the law was signed by Gov. Greg Abbott in June and is backed by Irving-based Mothers Against Drunk Driving, which said it should result in less driving while intoxicated (DWI) accidents and fatalities.

The organization said that the new law would allow people who have been convicted of drunk driving to take their children to school and go to work, while keeping them from driving under the influence of alcohol. Under the new law, people convicted of DWI, with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of less than 0.15 percent, could drive as long as they have an ignition interlock system installed. Keep in mind, the current legal BAC limit for DWI charges is 0.08 percent.

Under old laws, many drivers accepted license suspensions in order to resolve their cases. Drivers can still refuse to have the ignition interlock installed in their car if they do not want to pay the costs associated with the device.

Speak to Our Lewisville Criminal Attorneys if You Have Been Charged with Drunk Driving

This law may be good for some drivers who are struggling to find transportation following a DWI conviction. However, those who have been charged with drunk driving and have yet to be convicted should still contact our Lewisville DWI attorneys so that we can review your case.

We offer clients multiple criminal defense strategies that can be used if they are charged with drunk driving for blowing over the legal limit. Our lawyers include former police officers who know how the DWI process works and how errors during an arrest can lead to a flawed case. If we discover that errors were made in handling your case or during your arrest, we may be able to have the charges brought against you overturned or greatly reduced.

For more information about Texas drunk driving laws, you can visit our Twitter and Facebook pages. To contact us, you can use the case review form located on this page.

Julian, Crowder & Shuster, P.C. – Lewisville DWI Attorneys

Source: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/crime/headlines/20150624-new-state-law-allows-drunk-drivers-option-of-ignition-interlock-devices.ece



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