January 9, 2013
Drunk driving is a major problem in the U.S. Statistics show that drunk driving is responsible for roughly one-third of the 32,000 fatal motor vehicle accidents that occur each year across the nation—including Indiana.
Indiana state officials estimate that roughly 360 people are killed in Indiana DUI Accidents each year. That is almost one person per day. This leaves many wondering what state officials are doing to curb the problem.
WTHITV 10 News explained how many lawmakers across the nation are considering implementing regulations that will require all convicted drunk drivers, even first time offenders to have ignition interlock systems installed on any vehicle they drive. An ignition interlock is a device that is connected to the starter on a vehicle and requires a driver to blow into a Breathalyzer to have a sample analyzed for alcohol on their breath before the vehicle will start. If the driver has been drinking, the vehicle simply won’t start. If the sample is clean, the motorist is free to drive.
The idea for the law was sparked by suggestions from the National Highway Traffic safety Administration (NHTSA) and has already been adopted in 14 states.
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