Ignition interlocks: More teeth, less hot hair for Oregon DUII laws
Published: Saturday, June 18, 2011, 6:28 PM Updated: Saturday, June 18, 2011, 6:31 PM House Bill 3075, a late-stage bill in the Oregon Legislature, isn't a symbolic statement against drunken driving.
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#1 Jun 24, 2011
I am from New Mexico and in the interlock business for 10 years and a former chief probation officer. Treatment, license revocation, jail, etc. all sound and feel good as responses to DWI but they just do not work in changing the safety of the road. Offenders change drinking behaviors only when they decide to. If a DWI offender is arrested once, chances of another arrest in their lifetime for DWI is 50%, if it is 2 or more DWI's, 80% chance. And this is with license revocation, jail, treatment, etc. in place.
This bill is about making the roads safer for Oregonians. We did it here and reduced death and injury by over 35%. Almost all of it paid for by the offender themselves. No other strategy is even close to having these reductions. I know I am biased but, what is the downside here?
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