November 20, 2006

INCREMENTAL PROHIBITION:

A New Strategy to Discourage Driving Drunk (MATTHEW L. WALD, 11/20/06, NY Times)

The threat of arrest and punishment, for decades the primary tactic against drunken drivers, is no longer working in the struggle to reduce the death toll, officials say, and they are proposing turning to technology — alcohol detection devices in every vehicle — to address the problem.

In the first phase of the plan, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, backed by a national association of state highway officials and car manufacturers, will announce here on Monday a campaign to change drunken driving laws in 49 states to require that even first offenders install a device that tests drivers and shuts down the car if it detects alcohol.

Many states already require the devices, known as ignition interlocks, for people who have been convicted several times. Last year New Mexico became the first to make them mandatory after a first offense. With that tactic and others, the state saw an 11.3 percent drop in alcohol-related fatalities last year.


They'll be like airbags and seatbelts soon.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 20, 2006 8:16 AM
Comments

This only affects you if you're stupid enough to buy new cars.

Posted by: Pete at November 21, 2006 12:26 AM
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