Loopholes in DUI Law
When motorists get pulled over for a DUI in Los Angeles pursuant to Section 23612, their first thoughts are often along the lines of “How can I get out of this?” or “What can I do to lessen the penalties that I now face?” While Los Angeles drivers might have trouble avoiding the consequences of a DUI, motorists (and their lawyers) in some other states have definitely found some large loopholes they can slip through.
For example, Washington State law requires some drivers convicted of DUI to install an ignition interlock device (IID) in their personal vehicles. They can’t start their cars until they breathe into the device, which measures whether or not they have alcohol in their bloodstream. (Those convicted of the same crime in L.A. also frequently must pay to install IIDs.)
But what happens if they have to drive a company vehicle for work? In many cases, they drive without the interlock. A recent report from KOMO News in Seattle says employers frequently request waivers from the state, allowing their employees to drive company cars that are not equipped with interlock ignition devices. The state’s Department of Licensing has issued 5,000 such waivers since 2009. Per many critics, these acts are defeating the intent of the law.