New Texas Drunk Driving Law Takes Effect

Updating a blog post we brought you earlier this year, a new Texas law requiring those convicted of drunk driving to install ignition interlock devices in their vehicles went into effect on September 1.Photo of drunk driver

Gov. Greg Abbott signed the law earlier this year. It requires people convicted of drunk driving to install the ignition interlocks before they can have their driving privileges restored. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Mothers Against Drunk Driving pushed for the bill to become law.

According to the NHTSA, drunk drivers cause about 40 percent of all traffic deaths in Texas, as the state generally leads the country each year in the number of accidents reported. In 2013, drunk drivers in Texas killed 1,337 people.

Under the law, first-time offenders with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or greater are required to get the devices if they choose to later drive. Previously, drivers were allowed to request a non-interlock restricted license. Drivers now have up to 15 days to apply to have an interlock device installed in a vehicle or they can choose not to drive.

The interlock-restricted license period is at least 90 days for first-time offenders and 180 days for repeat offenders, according to KXII-TV.

Help from our Lewisville Drunk Driving Attorneys After an Arrest

If you have been arrested for drunk driving, make sure you talk to our Lewisville criminal attorneys. We can investigate your arrest and determine if officials followed the law. Our attorneys understand how the DWI process works and how errors during an arrest can lead to flawed evidence. We may be able to help you fight a potential conviction that would result in you having to obtain an interlock device or the loss of your license.

For more information about Texas drunk driving laws, you can visit our Twitter and Facebook pages. To contact us directly, you can use the case review form located on this page. If you are viewing this post from jail or your family member has been arrested, call 972-315-6222.

Julian, Crowder & Shuster, P.C. – Lewisville Drunk Driving Attorneys



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