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Ignition Interlock
Study finds drunk drivers of the number one cause for fatal wrong-way driving accidents

A recent study by the National Transportation Safety Board on wrong-way driving crashes cited alcohol-impaired driving as the leading cause of collisions. As a result of the study, the NTSB is now recommending that all first-time offender DWI drivers be required to have an ignition interlock installed on their vehicle. Currently, only 17 states require interlocks to be installed for first-time offenders.
 
These interlocks require the offender to blow into a chamber that is able to detect if they've been drinking.

"The first step to address the number one killer on our roadways is to do what is proven to be effective - use interlocks for all DWI offenders," said NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman.

The board has also strongly endorsed the continued development of passive alcohol detection technology to help prevent drunken driving. One such device is the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety -- it would prevent drunk drivers from operating vehicles by detecting alcohol on the driver's breath using breath analyzing and touch-based sensors.

In addition to methods designed to weed out drunken drivers, the report also recommends better lighting, enhanced signage and roadway markings, and GPS devices to provide warnings to drivers if they are traveling the wrong way on a road.

The NTSB also says that older drivers are more commonly involved in wrong-way collisions and is asking states to implement comprehensive older driver safety programs.
 
We reported earlier this year that France was requiring all of its citizens to possess a handheld breathalyzer in their vehicles.

Source: NTSB



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By V-Money on 12/12/2012 4:24:53 PM , Rating: 2
I don't condone drinking and driving in any way, but not everyone with a DUI is a careless monster trying to kill others around them. But lets talk some numbers in this propaganda parade this clown is spewing...

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A recent study by the National Transportation Safety Board on wrong-way driving crashes cited alcohol-impaired driving as the leading cause of collisions.


That is pretty bad, 60% are alcohol related. Notice they don't expand what alcohol related means (i.e. if I drink one beer and speed at twice the limit and kill someone, they count it as alcohol related). They also don't really mention that there are on average 265 wrong way fatal accidents a year...out of over 30,000 fatal accidents a year. That is a whopping <1% of all accidents, so obviously we need to act swiftly because of this one study. Here are the links if you would like to see the numbers yourself.

http://www.mynews4.com/media/lib/167/1/e/8/1e86005...

http://www-fars.nhtsa.dot.gov/Main/index.aspx

An interesting thing to note is that 15% of wrong way collisions are caused by people aged over 70, so I feel we should take away peoples licences when they get old too.

In all seriousness though, I am against drunk driving but the way we are handling it these days is ridiculous. Not everyone who has a slightly elevated BAC deserves to have their lives completely ruined, yet the ones who are irresponsible and do it on a regular basis should be beaten and jailed.

I am living in DC area now and I just moved from wine country where it is a challenge to find someone with a BAC under the limit, yet I felt much safer driving there with the drunkards than I do here any day of the week, because it turns out that driving skills are also important. I will approve of this type of punishment just as soon as they also push for laws taking away peoples cell phone rights for a month when texting and driving and when they just remove the privilege of driving for this whole damn state.

In other news, suicide just took over as the number one cause of injury death. http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/news/20120920/s...




By ebakke on 12/12/2012 5:57:04 PM , Rating: 2
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I don't condone drinking and driving in any way, but not everyone with a DUI is a careless monster trying to kill others around them.
They may not be monsters, but they absolutely are careless. And risking the lives of those around them. You can sugar coat it however you'd like, but at the end of the day an intoxicated driver is making an incredibly selfish decision and choosing his convenience over the risk to someone else's life. It's that simple. Same is true of those sending text messages, or doing other distracting activities.
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An interesting thing to note is that 15% of wrong way collisions are caused by people aged over 70, so I feel we should take away peoples licences when they get old too.
We should take licenses away from anyone who has proven themselves unable or unwilling to safely share the road with everyone else. I don't care if you were drunk, if you were txting, or if you just plain suck at driving - your reason for destroying my property or killing me is irrelevant.
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yet the ones who are irresponsible and do it on a regular basis
Doing it once is irresponsible.


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