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NTSB: Require ignition locks for all drunk drivers

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JOAN LOWY
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- 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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The technology

is already present. IN fact, I believe one manufacturer is located near Fayetteville.

But then there will always be those who think they are above the law and will either borrow or rent cars to get around the requirement.

so if the NTSB has come up

so if the NTSB has come up with a way to prevent roughly 10,000 deaths a year caused by drinking and driving then why can't they come up with a way to prevent the other roughly 20,000 deaths a year?

well

I'm nit for big government...but on this I 100 percentage AGREE...first time offender and make THEM pay for the device and installation!

Better solution

How about impounding the drunk's car for 6 months the first offense and then just seize and auction it off if there's a second. After a while, these a-holes won't be able to afford to keep buying cars and then they are no longer a problem. Nobody should ever be able to get a 3rd DUI; They should have the book thrown at them on the second offense.

A much better solution would

A much better solution would be to take their license, confiscate their vehicle and give them jail time. If caught driving again while license suspended, a 10 year mandatory jail term. These interlocks are very easy to bypass. Just more money for those who manufacture and install them. It's all about the dollar.