Although every state in the U.S. has some sort of ignition interlock device program in place for individuals convicted of drunk driving, Washington is often lauded as a leader in the use of IIDS. But such a reputation does not come cheap, and DUI defendants are often surprised at how expensive interlock ignition devices are once they pay for installation and maintenance.
Save for the costs, many DUI defendants find IIDs to be a reasonable condition of regaining driving privileges. They allow convicted offenders to maintain access to transportation while ensuring that they do not reoffend. Because these devices are so effective and combating drunk driving, some safety advocates have proposed an initially controversial idea that seems to be gaining support.