States Urged to Require Ignition Locks for Drunk Drivers

By Joan Lowy | December 14, 2012

A federal safety board is recommending that all states require ignition interlock devices for convicted drunk drivers, including first-time offenders.

The five-member National Transportation Safety Board said the devices are currently the best available solution to reducing drunk driving deaths, which account for about a third of the nation’s 32,000 traffic deaths each year.

In particular, the board cited a new study by its staff that found some 360 people a year are killed in wrong-way driving crashes on high-speed highways. The study concluded that 69 percent of wrong-way drivers had blood alcohol levels above the legal limit of .08.

Seventeen states already have laws requiring use of the device by all convicted drunk drivers.

 

 

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  • December 19, 2012 at 2:50 pm
    jw says:
    "What happens when the ignition lock says you are ok to drive and the police breathalyzer says you are over the limit?" That could get complicated. Wouldn't we run into liabil... read more
  • December 19, 2012 at 1:46 pm
    Trump says:
    Isn't the purpose of having a breathalizer put in a car is so that the car can't be started if the person is over the limit? And...buzzed driving IS drunk driving...so even if... read more
  • December 18, 2012 at 8:58 am
    Captain Planet says:
    There used to be a service here in Des Moines, not sure if it still exists or not. But, you would call them, someone would ride a bike to where you are at, collapse the bike a... read more
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