Over the past two years, several states have passed laws giving judges an alternative to traditional sentences for first-time drunk-driving offenders: require an "ignition interlock" be installed in their vehicle. Ignition interlock is a device that connects a car's electrical system to a breath analyzer that the driver must blow into to start the car. The system senses breath alcohol and prevents vehicle ignition over a preset limit. The cost of the unit, an average of $42 a month, is usually paid by the offender. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is evaluating the device and, at present, supports the use of ignition interlock in tandem with traditional sanctions, but does not endorse their use as an alternative sentence.

  • Availability:
  • Corporate Authors:

    Insurance Information Institute

    110 William Street
    New York, NY  United States  10038
  • Authors:
    • Waddell, J
  • Publication Date: 1988-12

Media Info

  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: p. 9-10
  • Serial:

Subject/Index Terms

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00608535
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-040 768
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 31 1991 12:00AM