Ignition Interlock
Friday, 09 January 2009 21:38

Several states have enacted additional laws designed to make it tougher to drink and drive. Starting January 1, 2009, Alaska, Colorado, Illinois, Nebraska and Washington have made it mandatory for first time DWI offenders to install an ignition interlock device that prevents you from operating a vehicle without first blowing into a device that determines if you are past the legal limit of alcohol consumption for driving. I don’t know how clever the designers of the device were, but I would venture to guess that a paper bag full of inflated balloons could be used to circumvent this techno-nanny.

The aforementioned states join New Mexico, Arizona, and Louisiana, which already have similar laws. South Carolina has passed the same law, but only for repeat offenders. Other states have the option of imposing the device in lieu of loss of registration privileges.

The costs involved with these devices are quite high. There is an installation charge, a monthly lease payment, and a monthly surcharge to the state. I see it as another revenue generator for a few companies and extremely greedy governments.

It is time to outlaw drinking altogether or to reform DWI laws and punishments so that they make sense and are effective in preventing accidents and deaths. Toyota is engineering a steering wheel that can detect blood alcohol content from the perspiration of your hands. Maybe this should be standard on all vehicles. What do you think?





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