- Associated Press - Thursday, October 8, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - State auditors say the New York City Department of Probation has failed to properly supervise thousands of people convicted of drunken driving, allowing them to evade the required installation of ignition interlock devices in their vehicles.

Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says his auditors found convicted drunken drivers “routinely” violated sentences and didn’t install the locks and faced no penalties.

Locks are meant to prevent vehicles from starting when the driver’s blood alcohol exceeds a designated limit.

The audit report Thursday says that from Aug. 15, 2010, through Dec. 31, 2014, courts ordered installation of 2,166 locks for offenders under city probation’s supervision, but only 111 were installed and there was little evidence the department followed up.

The department disagreed with the findings, saying many probationers didn’t own vehicles.




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