Car system that blocks ignition for drunk drivers huge success

by Angelica Basile - 2017.01.10

Thanks to Ignition interlock many states in the U.S. during the peirod 2004 - 2015, recorded a historic decrease in automobile accidents due to alcohol consumption, amounting to -7%. At least, these are the data released in a recent study published in the authoritative American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The study praised the special breathylizer that has been installed in automobiles, which requires drivers to breath into it, prior to starting the car. This simple test, similar to the one that the police use to pull over drivers to determine if they are "driving under the influence" (DUI), establishes within minutes if the driver's alcohol level has exceeded the legal limit, and, if it has, the vehicle does not start. In 26 out of 50 states, as is the case also in Canada, the installation of Ignition Interlock has become obligatory for those who have been found guilty of drunk driving, as an alternative to having their driver's license suspended. This method seems the most effective for making the roadways safer, and at the same time, it gives someone who has made a mistake a second chance.

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