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Distracted driving when using an IID

Most New Jersey residents have heard people talk about the dangers of distracted driving. In the last few years, concerns about this have increased. Texting while driving is commonly the most thought of form of distracted driving but it is far from the only thing that can actually be considered distracted driving.

As explained by distraction.gov, anything that takes a driver's mind, hands or eyes off of the act of driving can be considered a distraction. While requiring one of these things is distraction, when two or even three are required, the level of distraction only increases. At the same time, the danger also increases. Interestingly enough, people who are convicted of drunk driving offenses may well be required by law to participate in a distracted driving activity every time they drive for a while.

The use of an ignition interlock device does not simply force a driver to provide a breath sample when starting a vehicle but at various times throughout a journey. According to Intoxalock, an IID manufacturer, a first rolling retest may happen in less than 10 minutes after starting a car and subsequent tests at random times thereafter.

Using an ignition interlock device requires a driver's hands to hold the device properly and even push appropriate buttons at times. It also requires a driver's eyes to read the LED screen with breath sample readings and any instructions along the way. Additionally, a driver's concentration must be given to the act of providing an accurate breath sample. In all, IIDs pose a serious distraction to drivers.

 

 

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