Breathalyzers In Cars

On Jan. 1, California joined the majority of states that have laws requiring drivers with drunken-driving convictions to install ignition interlock devices in their vehicles to limit road deaths. The devices are breathalyzers mounted on the steering wheel of a vehicle that prevent it from starting if the driver’s blood-alcohol reading is above a predetermined level.

In California, the breathalyzers in cars will be mandatory only for repeat offenders. Five other states — Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts, Montana and Ohio — have similar laws. Thirty-two states and D.C. require the devices even for first-time offenders.

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