On 'Mornings With Ken & Bernie' today State Trooper Stephen Hammons explained the use of ignition interlocks to combat drunk driving.  Hammons explained the devices are installed on vehicles driven by people convicted of drunk driving to prevent them from starting and driving their vehicle if they have been drinking.  The devices can be mandated by judges as a condition of a persons release after a conviction.

According to the Trooper some people attempt to circumvent the interlock in some way.  Hammonds said,

"It is illegal to operate, lease or borrow a vehicle that is not equipped with an ignition interlock device if you are required to have one."

We also asked Trooper Hammons how to prevent tragic accidents like a recent one in Houma where a mother backed over and killed her 16 month old daughter in her driveway.  You can hear his response and get more information on interlock devices in the complete interview.

Listen to the interview: