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Companies Lobby for Bill Requiring Device Installation for all DUI Offenders

August 22, 2011 | Posted In Recent News - Criminal Law |

Manufacturers are working hard to ensure the passage of legislation that would translate into big profits for them – a federal bill that would withhold highway safety funding for states that fail to mandate ignition interlock devices in vehicles of DUI offenders. 

Under the bill introduced in February in the U.S. Senate by Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, states that fail to mandate ignition interlock devices in the vehicles of all persons convicted of DUI offenses would lose up to 5% of highway safety funding.  The bill was introduced in the House last month. 

Manufacturers of ignition interlock devices have been in the forefront of the campaign to get these devices mandated.  These manufacturers, under the Coalition of Ignition Interlock Manufacturers, have hired lobbyists, including former personnel of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, to push for the passage of the legislation. If the bill is passed, then states will scramble to order ignition interlock devices.  

New Jersey DUI lawyers have been concerned to see the powerful sway of companies that have a financial interest in the passage of critical legislation. 

The New Jersey criminal defense lawyers at Helmer Paul Conley and Kasselman represent persons charged with DUI, sex crimes, drug crimes, assault, fraud and other crimes across New Jersey.

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