More VA Drivers Ordered to Have Car Breathalyzers - - ABC13

More VA Drivers Ordered to Have Car Breathalyzers


Richmond, VA - A tough drinking and driving law that's been on the books for a year now is keeping more drunk drivers off the road.

The Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program released by AAA Mid-Atlantic says that since a law forcing first time DUI offenders to install breathalyzers (ignition interlock devices) on their vehicles, 8,500 convicted drivers have entered the program.

That's a 75 % increase over the previous year for the first 11 months of the program.

The court ordered system analyzes blood alcohol content and prevents a vehicle from starting if alcohol is detected.

The auto club says 229 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes in Virginia in 2012. That figure is nearly a third of all traffic fatalities in the state last year.

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