Rep. Nita Lowey holds a conference call today to announce she’ll file a bill when Congress returns that would mandate ignition interlock devices on cars as a way to cut drunk-driving deaths. One of every three road deaths is attributed to driving under the influence, and drunk drivers account for over 10,000 highway deaths each year.
Will all autos some day have breathalyzers?
By Jayne O'Donnell, USA TODAY 4/28/2006
Could the day be coming when every driver is checked for drinking before starting a car?
Widespread use of ignition interlock devices that won't allow a car to be started if a driver has had too much alcohol, once considered radical, no longer seems out of the question. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) gives a qualified endorsement to the idea. New York state legislators are considering requiring the devices on all cars and trucks by 2009. And automakers, already close to offering the devices as optional equipment on all Volvo and Saab models in Sweden, are considering whether to bring the technology here. …
Opposition to breathalyzers
Such talk makes John Doyle, executive director of the American Beverage Institute, cringe. "This campaign is a lot further down the pike than people realize," says Doyle, whose group is funded by chains including Outback Steakhouse and Chili's and is leading the opposition to broader use of interlocks.