Iowa Ignition Interlock Law Could Include All OWI Offenders

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Iowa’s roadways might become a lot safer with the Iowa House’s recent approval of an all-offender Ignition Interlock bill. The bill is heading to the Senate Judiciary Committee now, and it is receiving much support from groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and the Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau.

If passed, the Iowa Ignition Interlock law would extend to require first-time OWI offenders with a BAC of .08 to install an Ignition Interlock for a year.

Current Iowa Ignition Interlock Law

Right now, Iowa requires an Ignition Interlock for first-time offenders with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at .10 or more, and repeat offenders. An Ignition Interlock is also a requirement if an individual refused their breath or blood test by law enforcement, or if they caused injury and/or death.

Multiple national studies and groups highly advise states enact all-offender laws for Ignition Interlocks. When states implement all-offender laws, starting with first-time offenses at a BAC of .08 or more, studies show a reduced recidivism in repeat offenders and safer roadways. Individuals who must use the Ignition Interlock can get back on the road safely and continue with their everyday routine, such as driving to work or school.

30 states and D.C. have an all-offender Ignition Interlock law. If Iowa joins the ranks, they will be the 31st state that is making their roads safer.

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