Utah has some of the toughest penalties in the nation when it comes to DUIs but legislators feel as though one portion of the possible punishment isn’t proving to be as effective as it could. The problem the Utah court system is having is with enforcement of the use of ignition interlock devices but a new law set to take effect in 2012 aims to change that.
The new law will give the Utah Driver License Division an electronic record of all individuals who have been required by the courts to have an ignition interlock device installed. In conjunction with this information the Driver License Division will receive notification from all ignition interlock providers in the state whenever a unit is installed in or removed from a vehicle. This will allow law enforcement officials to closely monitor all Utah DUI drivers who are on a restricted license and make them instantly aware when an offender isn’t complying with his or her sentence.
Once this new Utah DUI law takes effect it will be much more difficult for any driver sentenced to an ignition interlock to be able to avoid the expensive and inconvenient punishment. Utah officials are hopeful that the improved enforcement of the ignition interlock devices will help to cut down on the instances of repeat DUI offenders in the state.