Where We Stand: Louisiana Updated DWI Bill to Prevent Impaired Driving

Last Thursday, great strides were made in Louisiana towards preventing impaired drivers and ensuring better road safety in our area. Senate members unanimously approved a new bill requiring the use of ignition breathalyzers in vehicles for six months following a person’s first DWI conviction.

The Interlock devices work by requiring drivers to breathe into them in order to start the vehicle’s ignition and can detect BAC below a pre-set limit of 0.02—the equivalent to one alcoholic beverage. In Louisiana, the Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is 0.8, meaning that any driver with a BAC over the limit is considered intoxicated under the law. If properly set up, the Interlock devices will prevent driving before the legal limit is reached, making it improbable to drive drunk.

According to the CDC, Ignition breathalyzers or interlock devices reduce repeat offenses by 70%.

Broussard, David & Moroux has represented, and continues to represent, dozens of people who have been severely injured or lost loved ones in auto accidents involving alcohol. Our experience shows us that even one alcohol related accident can change the lives of everyone involved and have disastrous effects on many others.

We are committed to doing all we can to help stop impaired driving. This year, we sponsored and presented safety tips with KLFY during holidays as a reminder to follow the laws in place and encourage our neighbors to take responsibility for the safety of our community. With the help of our friends, family, and neighbors, we can all advocate for a safer Louisiana.

Please take the time to think about the decisions you make. One mistake can change your life and affect the lives of others.

The attorneys at Broussard, David & Moroux have the knowledge and experience necessary to handle cases of this nature and will fight to obtain fair compensation for your injuries. If you or a loved one has suffered harm because of the fault of another, contact the attorneys at Broussard, David & Moroux to discuss your legal rights at (337) 233-2323 (local) or (888) 337-2323 (toll-free).


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