Many DEDICATEDD volunteers have been trying for over FIFTEEN YEARS to educate our judiciary about the lifesaving advantage of interlock usage. Sadly, the vast majority of our judges do not order interlocks to be installed in offender’s cars
In 2003, DEDICATEDD wrote to every judge on Long Island. In essence the letter said, you can, you don’t, why? Less than five judges responded to our inquiry. What adds to the frustration is that the police, probation, prosecutors and just about everyone else supports interlock usage. Far too many judges, for reasons unknown, are the only group who fails to see that these devices can save lives. Let me correct that statement. A good many defense attorneys do not support their clients being ordered to install an interlock device. What’s wrong with this picture?
To the very few judges who are ordering offenders to install an interlock in their car we say thank you. We also ask that they speak to their colleagues and educate them.
In New York, we are hopeful that new interlock legislation will be passed. This law would mandate the installation of an interlock device when applicable.
What can you do to help?
Contact your local judges and ask them where they stand on interlocks. Do not be disappointed if you don’t get an answer. At least you have let them know that you support interlock usage and are aware of what is going on in our courts.
Contact your local Senator and Assembly person and let them know that you support legislation that expands interlock usage for DWI offenders.