Drink-drivers face interlock devices
Mon, 13 Aug 2012 9:27a.m.
Drink-driving offenders could be breath-tested every time they start their car, with courts able to require them to have alcohol interlock devices fitted in their vehicles from next month.
From September 10, repeat drink-drive offenders and first-time offenders convicted of driving with blood alcohol levels twice the adult limit could be given an alcohol interlock disqualification.
Drivers will have to provide a breath sample into the interlock device, which is similar to a breathalyser, connected to their vehicle's starting system.
The pre-programmed breath-alcohol limit will be set at zero, and any analysed result over that level means the vehicle won't start.
Associate Transport Minister Simon Bridges says interlocks are an important new measure to reduce deaths and injuries caused by drink-drivers.
"The alcohol interlocks disqualification will help stop them from re-offending and make the roads safer for everyone."
After a mandatory three-month disqualification from driving, those on the alcohol interlock disqualification will be able to apply for a licence to drive a vehicle fitted with an interlock device.
Offenders will have to pay for the devices to be fitted and monitored.
From September 10, courts will also have the power to issue zero alcohol disqualifications to drivers, which require them to maintain a zero alcohol limit for three years.
Drivers approved to exit the interlock programme after completing an alcohol interlock disqualification will also be subject to zero alcohol disqualifications.
The government introduced the new sanctions as part of law changes last year, alongside a zero blood-alcohol limit for drivers aged under 20, and a doubled maximum penalty for drink or drugged driving causing death.
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9/09/2012 8:34:34 p.m.
the alcohol adverts on TV are hard hitting but never promote abstinence
We dont have to drink and if we promoted it properly some may choose not to
20 years ago I chose not to drink anymore to be a role model to my children.they are teens now and have also chosen not to drink but it its their choice
Alcohol is a legal mind altering substance tha creates much havoc in society
Those who drink and those who sell alcohol are part of that drink culture and part of the problem..(check out how much Booze space is now devoted to supermarket shelves... their profits are ultimately creating misery for some!! )
Whats the solution?? well its not rocket science is it...no drink no problem!!....too easy ????
What do you think??
8/09/2012 10:02:01 p.m.
Steve Russell wrote:
If at 18 teenagers can take responsibility for sex, driving, fighting for their country, being an MP and buying a class b equivalent drug, at 18 and drinking in pubs and bars. Clearly they aren't responsible enough to drive with anything but zero alcohol at 18 but suddenly at 20 they can drive legally drunk at .08% impaired by a factor of 50 times...yeah right. The paradox is the law says they are responsible to drink but not drive at 18 but totally responsible to drink and drive drunk at 20 when obviously they aren't.
3/09/2012 10:29:46 a.m.
I reckon that teenagers drinking and driving need to learn to stop and think before they start doing something that they will regret for the rest of their lifes
13/08/2012 1:11:03 p.m.
So how do you stop others blowing in the bag for them.
13/08/2012 11:17:50 a.m.
great idea but before all that money is spent have they put any thought into useage of other cars. im sure that the only people this would work on is the likes of people that have no access to other vehicles.
13/08/2012 10:33:13 a.m.
I have a better idea... lock them up for attempted murder. And if the car belongs to them then sell/destroy it.
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