Did you know that for the past 5 years, many convicted drunk drivers in our state have had to install an ignition interlock device if they wanted to drive? This sophisticated piece of equipment tests whether they have been drinking by requiring them to blow into it. If they are drunk, the car will not start.
That law comes off the books in July.
At question is not whether drunk driving is bad. Most everyone agrees that it is. The question is how best to fight it – the judges or the government.
Under the current law, the breathalyzer-type device is required in many situations. Judges have no discretion. A new bill before the legislature will permit judges to decide on the best course of action on an individual basis.
Like so many laws, there is no clear right or wrong. Some recovery-focused groups say we should let the judges be judges and decide what is best. Some anti-drinking and driving groups say the devices have saved lives, so the devices need to be mandatory. Then add pressure from the people who sell the devices and law enforcement, and you can see the dilemma for our legislature in crafting the right law.
Considering how difficult getting a law passed is, I would suspect that we will have no mandatory ignition interlock law in operation come July.
However, we will still have people who drink and drive.
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