The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Opinion

October 6, 2013

Alabama needs to get tougher on drunk drivers

The Dothan Eagle on another layer of bureaucracy:

It’s downright shameful that Alabama comes straggling in at the bottom of so many measures of good practices in the nation. Take drunken driving, for instance. While the DUI rate in our state is below the national average, statistics still suggest that 9.7 percent of Alabama drivers hit the roads while under the influence of alcohol. Despite this, in 2011 Alabama became the very last state to adopt a law requiring repeat offenders and some first-time offenders to have a device installed in their vehicles that would check the driver’s breath for alcohol use and would not start if it detects alcohol on their breath.

Worse, two years later the law hasn’t been implemented because lawmakers can’t seem to find the money to put it into play.

On one hand, the program, which uses a device called an ignition interlock, is possible to game by an industrious DUI offender. For instance, the device doesn’t know if the person breathing into it is the one who will be driving the car. An impaired driver with an interlock device might borrow a different car. Some offenders will even have their vehicles re-titled to beat an installation requirement.

Despite this, CDC statistics suggest the programs are effective in the states that have found the wherewithal to initiate them. Studies show a 67 percent drop in recidivism among those using the interlock devices.

 

 

1
Text Only
Opinion
Photos


Poll

Do you believe America will ever make another manned flight to the moon or another planet?

Yes
No
     View Results
Facebook
AP Video
Raw: Families Travel to Taiwan Plane Crash Site Arizona Execution Takes Almost Two Hours Gen. Odierno Discusses Ukraine, NATO at Forum Gaza Fighting Rages Amid Cease-Fire Efforts Mint Gives JFK Coin a Face-lift Creative Makeovers for Ugly Cellphone Towers Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return Raw: ISS Cargo Ship Launches in Kazakhstan Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' EPA Gets Hip With Kardashian Tweet Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast
Twitter Updates
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Business Marquee