SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – An ignition interlock device would connect into your car’s ignition. Much like a breathalyzer, it tests your blood alcohol level but if you’re above the legal limit your car will not start.
The organization “Mothers Against Drunk Driving” is calling for stricter penalties for anyone who gets behind the wheel while drunk.
On Monday they’re expected to present their ideas for tougher laws involving the ignition interlock device to state lawmakers.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving want to make it so that anyone that’s been locked up for driving under the influence has to use an ignition interlock device.
As it stand right now in Massachusetts, the only people required to use an I-I-D, have 2 or more OUI’s, or ordered by the court.
“I think that’s a great idea, at least if they have to blow into it and they’re drunk then obviously they can’t drive the car and then obviously they’re not going to injure themselves or someone else,” said Maria Scibelli of Agawam.
Connecticut passed a similar law last July, requiring anyone who’s been arrested for failing or refusing a breathalyzer, to use an I-I-D as part of a program to earn their license back.
“It’s actually a good idea I hope they do it and the person who drank and actually done it before, i think it’s a really good idea,” said Majed Baki of West Springfield.
One drawback to these devices; there’s no way to verify who is actually blowing into the tube, But it’s considered a felony if someone else provides a breath sample for you.
According to “intoxalock,” a company that sells I-I-D’s these devices can cost as little as $2.30 a day and any tampering is recorded within that device.