Ignition interlock system looks to cut back DUI offenses - WLBT.com - Jackson, MS

Ignition interlock system looks to cut back DUI offenses

PEARL, MS (WLBT) -

Impaired driving is an on-going concern in the Magnolia State.

On average there are about 22,000 DUI's annually in Mississippi.

Recently, a new law meant to protect you from drunk drivers has been enacted. 

According to the Department of Public Safety, at the end of November, 211 people across the state were using a DUI ignition interlock system. 

Jackson Communications in Pearl is one of several businesses across the state where drivers convicted of a DUI can have an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicle.

Once in place, a convicted drunk driver must blow into the device in order for the car to start.

Warren Strain with the Department of Public Safety says the DUI Ignition Interlock program has been beneficial in some areas, but says there's still a high number of people who consume alcohol and drugs while driving.

Techs at Jackson Communications say they install about 3 to 4 ignition interlocks daily.

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