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Ignition Interlock Demand Exceeding Supply

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KENNEWICK, Wash.--For those who have been convicted of a DUI, many drivers are supposed to have one of these installed in their vehicle. They're known as Ignition Interlock devices, but the demand is so high in Washington state alone, that companies are simply running out.

The Ignition Interlock company in Kennewick is no exception. Currently, they have over 4,700 clients in Washington and northern Oregon required to have this device in their car. And that number is growing.

"It's not a problem because the manufacturers can't manufacture them enough," says Tech Manager Jay Tinney. It's because the demand is being raised to where they're having a hard time keeping up with all of the companies they supply.

According to the Department of Licensing, more than 7,000 drivers are supposed to have Ignition Interlock. Out of that figure, it's unknown how many don't have it. Ignition Interlock of Washington Inc. estimates two out of five drivers required to have it, don't.

"There is that time frame before they can get back on the roads so, they have time to get their paperwork in order and get the device installed," according to DOL Spokesperson Alyson Chase

Even though a judge might order a driver to have this device, it is ultimately up to the individual. People can choose not to put it in their car.

"The only way we find out is when their contacted by law enforcement," says Washington State Patrol Lt. Jay Cabezuela. There's a notation on the license that tells us they're supposed to have that device. And we look in the car to see if its installed. And if it's not, then that's a criminal violation.