Survey finds people support device which prohibits intoxicated people from driving

An Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) survey found that people would support the use of technology which would keep an intoxicated person from being able to start a car even if they did not have a prior driving under the influence (DUI) conviction. Even though this technology is not yet available, 2 of every 3 people surveyed thought that such a device would be a good or very good idea if the technology were reliable. 40% of the respondents reported that they would even favor such a device in their own vehicle. Even 50% of the people who say they drink four or more times a week support the idea.

Anne McCartt, Institute senior vice president for research says:

“The results are clear-cut and a bit surprising. We didn’t expect to find support across the board for the idea of detecting alcohol in everybody, but this survey tells us people are ready to crack down on all impaired drivers, not just those who’ve had DWI convictions.”

The IIHS calculates that 8,000 lives could be saved every year if intoxicated people were prohibited from driving. In 2008, 11,773 people were killed in car accidents involving drivers with a BAC of 0.08% or more.

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