House OKs use of DWI ignition locks

  • Article by: RICHARD MERYHEW , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 26, 2010 - 11:18 PM

The Minnesota House voted 131-0 to authorize the use of breath-activated ignition systems for some first-time drunken drivers.

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CocoLotionApr. 26, 10 2:01 PM

next move to appropriately sentence drunk drivers who kill people.

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marathongirlApr. 26, 10 2:04 PM

I'm not saying I'm against this. People should not be driving drunk, but these lock systems are flawed. I use flouride rinse on my teeth, normally I do it at night, but honestly I should do it twice a day. For it to be effective you can't drink anything for 30 minutes after. I usually take less than 30 minutes to get ready for work and last thing I do is rinse my mouth with the flouride...guess what a big part of the flouride rinse is made of...uh huh...alcohol...that would be on my breath and .02 is a very low tolerance. Cough syrup is also made with alcohol in it...

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hahaha99Apr. 26, 10 2:07 PM

Be careful what you wish for. One of MADD's stated goals is to have these things installed on ALL cars. Even the founder of MADD has publically criticized the group for its blatantly neo-prohibitionist attitudes.

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BurrmanApr. 26, 10 2:10 PM

of the driver from breathing into the device to get it started?

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rlvandyApr. 26, 10 2:10 PM

...to build more prisons?? And @marathongirl, you should be lucky to even get your license back so stop your complaining!!

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hahaha99Apr. 26, 10 2:10 PM

True. First, I don't know about these machines, but more than one police officer has told me that a breathalyzer can give a false positive if one has just smoked a cigarette. Two, installing the system could void the vehicle warrenty if the system has not been approved by the vehicle manufacturer because you are altering the vehicle's mechanical systems.

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kerr104Apr. 26, 10 2:11 PM

If .10 is the limit then why give them room to become even more deadlier by making the level .20 for the device. Maybe it needs to be this high to be accurate and not misleading the machine. The way around the the fluoride rinse (excuse) is rinse with water after that or - hello, don't drink and drive and have the device put in your car.

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markgoffApr. 26, 10 2:12 PM

What we really need are seat belt interlocks so you couldn't start your car without having the seat belt on. Those poor girls in Altura would likely be alive if they'd been wearing seat belts.

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hfnorthApr. 26, 10 2:14 PM

The ignition interlocks are not put into cars that are owned by drivers who do not get DUI's. They are put into cars of those convicted of DUI. Stay sober diving, and you will have no problems with your fluoride mouthwash. Just get in and turn the key as you do now.

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hahaha99Apr. 26, 10 2:16 PM

I had one of those "darn" things in my 1974 Mustang. The car wouldn't start because I had a bag of groceries on a car seat. That device got disconnected real fast.

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