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It's a pass or fail test, and requires blowing into a machine with
a good hum as well as no alcohol in the system. There's a push for
all states to have these devices in cars for all convicted drunk drivers,
including first time offenders.
It only took John Blackstock with Smart Start about 15 minutes to install
an ignition interlock device. It can usally take about an hour to install
"I thought it was unique business, and is something different,"
he said. "I just kind of stuck with it."
Blackstock said his business stays busy at times.
"It stays pretty steady." "Like anything else we will get
real busy, and then it might slow down for a couple of weeks, and then
it picks back up."
In Texas, courts order the installation of these devices for repeat drunk-driving
Amanda Eldredge with Mothers Against Drunk Driving said, "MADD supports
the ignition interlock devices, because you can't start your car,
until you prove you are not drunk." "The average drunk driver
drives drunk 80 times before their first offense, and on any given day
you and I and our families are driving with 2 million repeat offenders
who have 3 or 4 more DWI's.
That's why the Federal Safety Board is recommending that 33 states
require these devices for all convicted drunk drivers, including first
However, not all agree with NTSB. In fact, Sarah Longwell spokeswoman with
the American Beverage Institute,
which represents 8,000 restaurants urge lawmakers to reject the recommendation.
"We believe that judges should have the discretion to determine the
punishment for low BAC first time offenders," she said. "We
think that putting breathalyzers mandating them for all offenders is a
one size fits all policy."
"All of the repeat offenders have told me if they would have had something
like in their first one, it might have kept them for receiving another
one, because it always just sticks with them in the back of their head,"
Blackstock said his clients range from college students to doctors. So
far, 17 states not including Texas require interlocks for first-time offenders.
According to the National Traffic Highway Administration, in 2011 there
were more than 9,000 fatal drunk driving crashes. Preliminary numbers
also show an increase for 2012.
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