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DPS: Ignition Interlock Greatly Reduces Reoffenders

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The ignition interlock device program has been extremely effective at reducing reoffenders in Minnesota, according to information released by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Wednesday.

The DPS’s Office of Traffic Safety says less than 1 percent of the 10,664 DWI offenders in Minnesota who have used or are currently using ignition interlock have reoffended since the program’s inception in July 2011.

“Interlock devices are proving to be effective tools that are keeping the vast majority of past DWI offenders from repeating their mistakes,” Donna Berger, Office of Traffic Safety director, said. “In turn, this technology is cutting down on impaired driving and creating a safer driving environment for the traveling public.”

There are currently 7,381 people using ignition interlock in Minnesota and 3,283 people have graduated from the program – meaning they used the device for the required period without reoffending.

Ignition interlock devices are connected to the vehicle’s starter and the only way a driver can start the vehicle is by blowing into the device and measuring an alcohol content of under 0.02.

For more information on the program, click here.

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