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Executive Summary

Alcohol-impaired driving kills on average 10,000 people every year. Requiring drivers convicted of a DUI to install ignition interlock devices (IID) in their vehicles to prevent recidivism has garnered wide consensus among traffic safety experts and practitioners. Currently, 30 states have statutes requiring IIDs for all alcohol-DUI offenders, including first-time offenders. While the effectiveness of the devices has been established when certain best practices are followed, some persistent concerns and limitations remain regarding existing state IID laws and their enforcement and implementation. The federal government is exploring the possibility of a similar but less invasive universal technology that would screen all potential drivers for impairment before they can operate a vehicle.

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