INSTEAD OF DRIVING DRUNK YOU’LL DRIVE DISTRACTED!
I don’t suppose any of my readers would ever be convicted of drunk driving but let’s take a close look at the “ignition interlock” law anyway since you’ll be on the road with convicted drunk drivers.
In NY, a motorist convicted of any drunk driving law, be it DWAI (driving with ability impaired), DWI (driving while intoxicated) or ADWI (aggravated driving while intoxicated), must install an ignition interlock in their car if they want to continue driving. An ignition interlock is a breathalyzer in the car that is hooked up to the engine. When the driver gets in the car he/she must first blow into the device and if the number comes up too high, the car won’t start. Nothing wrong with that.
However, the driver must also blow into the device periodically while driving. They have an option to pull over and stop first, but if they care not to for whatever reason, they are allowed to blow into the device while the car is in motion. In effect, the law has traded a drunk driver for a distracted driver.
Surveys have shown that distracted driving is equivalent to driving with a .08 BAC (blood alcohol content). So where’s the safety benefit in that? Just another phony law!
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