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DUI: Ignition interlock devices are dangerous

Letter by Edith A. Drylie, Tacoma on June 15, 2010 at 10:56 am with 4 Comments »
June 21, 2010 9:06 am

I was recently in a car where the driver had to have a “blow machine” in the car because of a prior DUI. I was actually scared each time the machine went off as the driver (at this time, driving on the freeway near 50 mph) had to lift up the contraption and blow a certain way or the machine would not shut off.

This particular time, he had to blow twice as the first time didn’t register with the machine. There is a certain technique that has to be followed to use the machine, and in the meantime, you are in heavy traffic, driving at a good rate of speed and trying to get this machine to be quiet.

I feel these machines are a worse hazard than cell phones and texting ever was. If you do not blow right into the machine, the automobile horn will start. You have to keep looking at the device to see if you “pass” or “fail.” These machines are also very expensive to maintain on a monthly basis. There has to be a better way.

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  1. JimmyEOlson says:

    How about if your drunk friend pulls over to blow in the machine? Too tough to grind out of his gin-soaked mind I guess. Or yours, too.

  2. There is a better way,it is called, do not drink and drive.Apparently too many people that drive while they are drunk, aren,t aware of the concequences of their actions.Worse still if they are aware,they just don,t care.I also think if a drunk driver is involved in a fatality, The charge should be second degree murder,with no plea bargain possible.The second degree because while the driver didn,t intentionally kill the victim,the fatality could have been prevented.People should be outraged when they read about the many offenders that get a slap on the wrist again and again for repeated offences.

  3. readingthelatest says:

    I agree- Ditch the blow-machine. Instead, upon first conviction of DUI/DWI, your car is repossessed by the lien holder or the state if it is paid off. The state could then sell the cars to help pay for the court costs.

    I am so sick of hearing about repeat offenders. They are allowed to maintain possession of what they have undoubtedly used as a deadly weapon until they actually kill someone. Good luck trying that with a gun.

    The wrongs of DUI are too well advertised for anyone to claim ignorance.

  4. “readingthelatest” said it for me. First offense, lose the car, you just don’t drive anymore.. It’s a simple solution. Not warm and fuzzy, not PC, but it would work.

    Oh for those who say, “take the car, but the offender will just go find another one….and if he does? Felony conviction and Jail for a long long time.

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