According to data released by the United States Department of Transportation, in 2013, Texas had the highest number of fatalities due to motor vehicle accidents that involved a driver who was driving while intoxicated. The numbers were so alarming that federal and state agencies as well as non-profit organizations increased their efforts to implement legislation in order to decrease DWI-related fatalities.
In a recent blog post, we discussed the efforts of Mothers Against Drunk Driving to encourage all states to make ignition interlock devices mandatory for all DWI offenders. It seems that the Texas House of Representatives has taken MADD's efforts seriously and recently passed a bill that would make the device mandatory for all DWI first-offense cases. Currently, only repeat DWI offenders and those first-time offenders who have a blood alcohol concentration of 0.15 or greater are ordered to install such devices in their vehicles.