In every state in the U.S., a person driving with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or higher faces a stiff fine as well as loss of his driving privileges and/or jail time. License suspension is the most common DUI penalty, but accidents involving drivers with suspended licenses remain a concern for law enforcement. Imposing a vehicle sanction is a step taken to curb the number of accidents caused by drivers with suspended licenses and DUIs.
According to the DUI Foundation, 61 percent of third-time DUI offenders and 32 percent of suspended second-time DUI offenders received citations or violations while driving with a suspended license. Imposing vehicle sanctions can keep these drivers off the road or limit the use of their vehicle for a specified period of time.
Vehicle sanctions can be enforced through various methods. In many states, a DUI repeat offender’s car can be impounded or confiscated. His license plates can also be impounded or removed or marked so that he can be easily identified as being convicted of a DUI. A driver’s registration can also be suspended.
Another type of vehicle sanction that is becoming popular is the installation of a ignition interlock in the DUI offender’s vehicle. An ignition interlock is a device that is equipped with a breathalyzer into which the driver blows into prior to starting his car. If the breathalyzer detects a blood alcohol concentration over the legal limit, the car will not start.
Sometimes an offender can keep his vehicle, but the courts render him unable to drive it by having a club installed to immobilize the steering wheel or lock a wheel with a boot. If you have questions about DUI vehicle sanctions, contact a DUI attorney today.