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Ignition locks may soon be required for drunk drivers

Posted On Wed, December 19, 2012

The National Transportation Safety Board is issuing a recommendation to state authorities, advising them to require ignition locks to be installed in the vehicles of convicted drunk drivers.

The five member group noted that requiring ignition locks in the vehicles of drivers convicted of driving under the influence is currently the best solution for keeping repeat offenders off the road and lessening the impact of drunk driving on the country's auto-related death toll.

Currently, according to the board, drunk driving accidents account for one third of the 32,000 auto-related deaths that occur every year in the U.S.

The locks are effective in preventing inebriated motorists from getting onto the road. In order to start their cars, they have to breathe into a breathalyzer. If their blood-alcohol level is higher than .15, the car won't start.

This law is already in effect in several states, including Alabama. Not only could it help to increase drivers' safety, but it could decrease insurance rates for drivers who learn from their mistakes and stay out of trouble.

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