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Put Alcohol Sensors in All New Vehicles, says NTSB

Last Tuesday, the National Traffic Safety Board urged the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to speed up research efforts to create alcohol sensing devices to be installed in all new vehicles.  These systems, researched jointly with auto makers, would use an infrared light to determine a driver’s alcohol concentration when they press an ignition button.  If their alcohol concentration is too high, the vehicle will not start.  If this technology were to be installed in all new vehicles, the NTSB estimates that over 7,000 DUI-related fatalities could be prevented each year.

The NTSB also recommended that all states implement laws requiring first-time convicted DUI offenders to have an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicle.  These devices are already required for all convicted DUI offenders in 17 states, including Arizona.