If the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has its way, everyone in the United States who is convicted of drunk driving will have to install an ignition interlock device on his or her car. The recommendation comes after a report by the NTSB that alcohol-impaired drivers are the leading cause of crashes across the U.S.
So often, it takes a good example of legislative change to be set in one state before lawmakers in North Carolina and other states decide to take up the fight for similar legislation. Such a legislative example is currently in the works in Arizona to show mercy towards those who have made a once-in-a-lifetime mistake.Senate Bill 1200 is making its way through committees and into the Arizona Senate with its supporters' goal being to give first-time DUI offenders a chance to have their sentences lessened if they demonstrate good behavior. The proposal has stirred up passionate debate in the state.
Ignition interlock devices are often placed on the vehicles of those who have been convicted of driving under the influence. The devices are installed in cars and require the driver to blow into it before the car will start. The ignition interlock device serves as a breathalyzer which the driver must pass before driving the vehicle.