Keying into drunk drivers

This is just an idea, but I know, I for one, would snap up the chance of having a breathalyzer in my car.

I’ve been hearing about the tougher, new laws on driving while under the influence of alcohol, and I think there are some more steps that we can take to put  a stop to drinking and driving. I have had this conversation with many of my friends and family, and we all agree that this could be a solution (or at least a good start) to getting drunk drivers off the road.

After receiving a DUI in B.C., the convicted has a breathalyzer installed in their car. Before they start the car, they must blow into the breathalyzer. If they blow below the limit, the car starts. If not, the car doesn’t.

Here’s the idea. Why not make breathalyzers in vehicles available to everyone. I know for myself, I’ve jumped into my car many times and wondered if I’m over the limit. If I blew and knew I was over the limit, I wouldn’t drive.

It’s the nights where I go out for dinner with some friends, have a few beers and then go home. I know for sure I’m not drunk, but how am I to actually know that I’m below the limit?

I don’t even think that there needs to be the option of the car starting or not. The ‘guilt factor’ will make the decision. If a person sees that they are over the limit, chances are they are going to second guess driving their vehicle.

This is just an idea, but I know, I for one, would snap up the chance of having a breathalyzer in my car.

Cody Isted

 

Penticton

 

 

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