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DRIVING: Technology is being underutilized

Letter by Kenneth J. Severe, Lakewood on July 15, 2013 at 1:54 pm with No Comments »
July 15, 2013 3:46 pm

Re: “DUI suspect had 5 kids, 2 adults in car” (TNT, 7-15).

With today’s advanced technology, why can’t those who have had their driver’s license suspended be made to wear a bracelet or anklet that works in conjunction with a device attached to the ignition system of any motor vehicles available to them that prevents the vehicle from being started or running once started?

We require a device to be installed into the ignition system of a vehicle of someone convicted of DUI. Why can’t a device be installed that would prevent an individual from starting or getting behind the wheel of a vehicle once it’s started and driving if he/she has a suspended license?

The expense would be part of the courtroom decision. And until the devices are installed, a “boot” could be attached to immobilize the vehicles so they cannot be driven by anybody until the devices are officially installed.

And for those who say it’s not fair to “inconvenience” other family members to temporarily immobilize the vehicle, explain that to all the people who have had their vehicles wrecked and lives lost because of the selfish mindset of the person who carelessly drives with a suspended license.

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