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Attorney: Interlock easy to skip
Brighton, N.Y. Among the bevy of charges facing 20-year-old M.J. Weber, driving without an interlock device. Early Monday morning, Weber lost control of his vehicle, hit several mailboxes before crashing into a tree.
His friend, 20-year-old Joel Ajavon was killed. Had the interlock device been installed in the vehicle, which was uninsured, uninspected and had improper plates the incident may never have happened.
DWI attorney Michael McNelis said that it is fairly easy for DWI offenders to avoid the interlock program.
They can avoid it any number of ways, said McNelis. They can borrow a friends car, they can tell the court they dont own any vehicles.
State law requires probation, police, Stop DWI programs, or one of several other monitors to verify that the ignition interlock systems are in place, that is unless they are unaware of which vehicles the operator is driving.
The technology generally works, but its very difficult to enforce, said McNelis. Because you are stuck with the word of what the individual tells the court, in terms of what vehicles they own, then you are stuck with them saying they are not going to borrow their friends cars or anyone elses cars.
13WHAM News spoke with a family member of M.J. Weber, but were told the family was unable to comment until speaking with their lawyer.
A spokesman for the Monroe County District Attorneys Office told 13WHAM News no one was available for comment.