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This would be a great start. I think the first time offenders need the interlock for 2 years and any offense after that 10 years+. I was hit back in '05 by a .14 drunk that was in my lane. I drove into the ditch where he hit my car at 70mph according to the police report. I have life long injuries, nothing compared to the many who die from these peoples actions. Lets step it up. The interlocks will help but the length of time needs to be long so it hurts a little and is effective. This 6 month deal I see in court reports is a joke.
Uh, don't drink and drive?
Great. But how do you stop someone else from blowing in the tube?
So how is having people randomly blow into a device while driving down the road going to make driving safer? Fumbling for a tube and trying to blow into it will distract drivers and if the device malfunctions, which they do fairly frequently will only put the driver into a panic while they race to the nearest police department to get tested to show it was the machine not the driver.
It seems that the real purpose of the interlock mandate is to use DUI laws as a way for interlock businesses to make money. Many will just sidestep the law by using someone else's car.
They will just get their kids or significant other to blow into the device for them.
Some comments on having others blow into the device. I am not sure if there is a fix to this but I would start with making it a felony if you are caught pulling this stunt. If the drunk driver has his kid do it the charge goes to the parent. We need to do something folks cause there are still way too many injuries and deaths do to some people just not caring enough to not drink and drive. The worst offenders already have "whiskey" plates and are not legally allowed to drive non-whiskey plate vehicles so it might help to give all DUI drivers whiskey plates and interlocks? Much easier to monitor.
Add a GPS device to prevent cars from going the wrong way! Almost all wrong way crashes are due to booze. Strib story says so!
I have had the interlock system in my vehicle for a year now. I was not even driving when I was arrested (long story, my ex called cops on me cuz we were fighting. they had probable cause)
Anyway, I can't say I didn't deserve my punishment. I strongly believe in this system. It really opens your eyes and makes an impact on you to be reminded every day for a year or more. I have driven when I shouldn't have & so do alot of people. I truely believe this would put a dent in lives lost & DUI's in general.
You do not have to fumble for a tube & it does not distract you from driving. I will never forget & will now always be aware of my state before driving from now on
And no one else can blow for you. it takes a picture of you everytime you blow
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