The Effect Of Ignition Interlock Devices On The Safety Of Drunk Driving

1471 Words Dec 7th, 2016 6 Pages
“In 2015, 10,265 people died in drunk driving crashes - one every 51 minutes - and 290,000 were injured in drunk driving crashes” (Kaufman 866). That means that every 51 minutes someone loses a family member to the detrimental effects of drunk driving, a social and economic issue that costs the United States over $270 billion annually. While it is impossible to completely end DWI’s, there is a preventative solution that can dramatically lower the rates of drunk driving, so instead of locking people up you can just “lock” their car and the danger they pose on themselves and others on the road is immediately eliminated. This preventative solution requires a hand held breathalyzer device that controls the ignition of a car and determines whether it is safe for the driver to be operating the vehicle based on their blood alcohol content. Ignition interlock devices are a necessity in preventing alcohol related injuries and deaths on the road. Advancements on newer Ignition interlock devices have contributed to their efficiency and mass success. Interlock devices were first introduced in 1970 and continue to grow and advance making them more reliable and proficient that ultimately reduces recidivism. Previous device models had numerous faults that undermined their capabilities such as the misinterpretation of other odors, inconsistent readings and short life span. Odors such as cigarette smoke, breath fresheners and perfume were commonly mistaken for alcohol which would create…

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