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Washington Officials Urge States to Require Ignition-Interlock Devices

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

speeding car with skull license plateMost fatal drunk driving crashes are caused by drunk drivers who have consumed very high levels of alcohol—almost twice the legal blood-alcohol content limit of 0.08. According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 70 percent of fatal drunk driving crashes in 2010 involved a driver with a blood alcohol content of 0.15 or higher. David Strickland, head of the NHTSA, is strongly recommending that states require first-time drunk drivers to install ignition-interlock devices—systems that require a driver to blow into a Breathalyzer system before starting the car. Officials in both Congress and the Obama administration have launched a $20 million incentive program to persuade more states to implement the ignition-interlock systems. So far, only 17 states require ignition interlocks. In 2010, alcohol impairment played a role in 10,000 highway deaths, causing one out of every three U.S. highway fatalities.

Source: Bloomberg News – : High Alcohol Level in Most Fatal DUIs

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