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States may develop laws requiring ignition locks for drunk drivers

Dec 14, 2012

The National Transportation Safety Board has issued a recommendation that all states require the placement of ignition interlock devices in vehicles owned by convicted drunk drivers.

The five-person board noted that IIDs are currently the best way to keep drunk drivers off the road, thereby reducing the number of driving deaths per year.

According to the board, drunk driving related deaths account for approximately 30 percent of the 32,000 driving deaths every year.

Earlier this year, Alabama instituted the law, requiring convicted drunk drivers who had a blood alcohol level of 0.15 or higher to install IIDs in their vehicles. The device works by not allowing the car to start until the driver has exhaled into a breathalyzer. If they have been drinking, the engine will not start.

If the number of drunk drivers on the road was decreased, some say the total amount of drunk driving deaths would also fall, leading American motorists to be safer and potentially enjoy lowered auto insurance rates.

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