Newly adopted laws in 6 states requires convicted drunk drivers to install car mechanism that tests sobriety before driving.
Wired PR News.com – Laws newly adopted in six states have made it more difficult for drunk drivers to put others in harm’s way on the road. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), new regulations in Alaska, Colorado, Illinois, Nebraska, Washington, and South Carolina have made it a requirement for individuals who’ve been convicted of drunk driving to install a mechanism in their vehicle that will test their sobriety before driving. The device is one that monitors alcohol levels when breathed into, and keeps engines locked until drivers are proven to be sober.
Activist organization Mothers Against Driving (MADD), are noted by the AP as having embarked on a widespread campaign to make it mandatory for all who have been convicted of drunk driving to install the interlocks. The drivers themselves are required to pay for the installation, which is said to cost approximately $80 in Illinois, and an additional $80 per month in rental fees as well as $30 for a monthly state fee.
Critics of these kinds of laws say they do not provide for distinctions between individuals who drive while being well over the legal limit, and those are found to be slightly over.