AAA supports the National Transportation Safety Board in urging the remaining 33 US states to adopt the alcohol-ignition interlock rule.
The alcohol-ignition interlock device prevents the vehicle from starting until the driver breathes into the appliance which would confirm the blood-alcohol level is under the legal limit. This device must be installed in the vehicles of those convicted of drunk driving. Currently 17 states in the US have adopted the alcohol-ignition interlock. The AAA decided to join the NTSB in urging the other states to enact similar rules, saying that more lives can be saved.
“Safety can be improved by requiring ignition interlock device use for all first-time DUI offenders, ” said Anita Lorz, the auto club’s traffic safety and community programs manager. “We need to ensure that judges actually order IID use and that there is effective oversight and enforcement to ensure offenders have the devices in place on their vehicles.”
In December the NHTSA announced that overall traffic fatalities have dropped 32,367 in 2011, a decrease of 1.9% from 2010. In the US, the number of drunk driving deaths was 9,878 in 2011, a decrease of 2.5% compared with 2010. The NTSB and AAA believe that ignition interlocks can reduce even more the alcohol-related crashes.