There could be additional crackdowns on first-time drunk drivers if the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gets its way. The regulatory body wants all states to fit alcohol-detecting ignition interlocks the first time someone is charged with drunk driving in order to prevent them from getting behind the wheel while intoxicated again.
According to The Detroit News, every state in the Union uses interlocks in some way, but only twenty states and four counties in California make the technology mandatory on the vehicles of every convicted drunk driver in its jurisdiction.
Outgoing NHTSA boss David Strickland says the interlocks "protect sober motorists and ensure that individuals convicted of drunk driving learn from their mistakes." The plan also has widespread support from Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Ignition interlocks generally cost drivers about $75 to install, plus between $50 and $75 per month in monitoring fees.
|Yes, the government needs to put a stop to drunk driving.||5414 (54.6%)|
|No, this is a violation of our constitutional rights.||852 (8.6%)|
|I'm against drunk driving, I'm just not convinced this is the best way to stop it.||3433 (34.6%)|
|I don't have a strong feeling one way or the other.||225 (2.3%)|