DWI arrest rates in Texas are among the highest in the country. According to MADD, there were 1,337 drunk-driving fatalities in the state last year, and more than 15,000 injury crashes involving alcohol. Over the same period, police arrested thousands for driving under the influence of alcohol, and in 2014, they charged nearly 100,000 people with DWI, resulting in more than 70,000 convictions.
It is clear that enforcing DWI laws is a top priority for police in Texas, but they aren’t the only ones concerned about drunk driving. Recently, advocacy groups have been pressuring lawmakers to modify the consequences of first-time DWI offenses.
Governor Greg Abbott is currently reviewing several bills, one of which is HB 2246. This legislation aims to increase the number of first-time DUI offenders who are required to use ignition interlock devices.
A DUI conviction – whether it’s a first or subsequent offense – comes with life-changing consequences. At John L. Corn, Attorney at Law, we can help you understand and possibly avoid penalties for driving under the influence.
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Citizens Lobby behind Ignition Interlock Bill
According to Texas Legislature, the public is backing HB 2246 – not only because it encourages roadway safety but also because it offers first-time offenders an opportunity to keep their jobs and attend school with modified driving privileges. They may be able to opt for the interlock device instead of facing a license suspension. The judge would have the final decision in the matter.
Another reason for the bill’s wide support is that ignition interlock devices have a proven track-record for reducing DWI offenses. They work by requiring drivers to blow into them in order to start the vehicle, and again at stages throughout the journey to keep the car operating.
According to recent studies, first-time DWI offenders typically drive drunk many times before causing a serious crash that lands them on the wrong side of the law. The proposed bill may be particularly influential for habitual DWI offenders, with experts suggesting it will drastically reduce the number of DWI-related injuries and deaths.
The governor is currently evaluating a series of bills, and if he signs HB 2246 into law, the ignition interlock device may become a common penalty for first-time DWI offenders, starting in 2017.
If you are facing DWI charges, a criminal attorney can demystify the court proceedings and help you avoid mistakes. To learn your rights and discuss your legal options, contact Dallas DWI lawyer John L. Corn, Attorney at Law.
Mr. Corn has the resources to fight your charges. With the right defense, the court may reduce your penalties or drop the charges altogether. Call our office at 214-528-4529 today to get started.