ignition interlock

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After a long day at work, you decide it’s time to put the expression “work hard, play hard” to action by getting a group of your coworkers together for a quick drink at the local bar. One drink turns into five and everyone seems to be having a great time. You check your watch, say your goodbyes and head home to your wife and three kids. After stumbling to your car, starting the ignition and driving off, you soon realize you have had too many drinks to be driving. Before you think to react, you run a red light and crash into a car with a family of four on their way home from dinner. Now rewind: After stumbling to your car, you try to start the ignition but you fail because your car requires you to use an ignition interlock breathalyzer. This Breathalyzer detects your illegal intoxication level and fails to start. Then, a sober coworker notices your struggle and obvious inebriation and offers you a ride home. The ignition interlock breathalyzer has one job: to save lives. This particular piece of recent technology saved many lives in this scenario and if installed into every car on the road, the drunk driving accidents would decrease immensely. The ignition interlock is an electronic portable breathalyzer device. It is typically a hand-held unit that is wired directly into the vehicle’s ignition system. The driver is required to provide a breath sample that is analyzed by the unit and if the person’s breath alcohol level exceeds a predetermined level, the vehicle will not start. I am proposing that it be a legal requirement to have these devices placed in all vehicles being driven on the road today. Many of today’s vehicle companies are characterized by new innovative technology—satellite radio systems, DVD players, and even controls for your home. So why not use this technology to produce something that actually saves lives instead of inducing further distractions? A survey conducted by National Highway Traffic Safety
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Administration (NHTSA) reveals that as many as 17 million people have driven drunk at least once during the past year. Few 16 to 20-year old respondents admitted to driving after drinking, but those who did also admitted that they drank almost six alcoholic beverages in one sitting. Furthermore, in an article that appeared in the Journal of American College Health stated that approximately 2.8 million-college students (ages 18 to 24) report driving under the influence of alcohol. There is an easy way to decrease these statistics, take away the vehicle. It’s not possible for a drunken individual to get in
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This note was uploaded on 02/08/2012 for the course ENGL 1010 taught by Professor Collins during the Fall '11 term at Auburn University.

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