Drinking and driving is very dangerous. It is wrong that people take another’s life into their own hands and put other people in danger because they want to drink and drive. It is against the law to drink and drive and there are many different consequences for those who get caught. One of those consequences is that they drunk driver install an Interlock System in his or her vehicle before he is allowed to get his or her drivers license back. However many question whether or not the system is just as dangerous as drinking and driving.
The Interlock System is mandatory in some states for people to get their drives license back after getting a drunk driving ticket. The Interlock System is a device that is installed in a vehicle so that the driver must blow into it before the ignition will turn on. The system is installed in the ignition of the vehicle. The driver must blow into the hand held alcohol sensor unit. This unit calculates the alcohol level in the driver’s breath. It is calibrated to read a breath alcohol level .02 generally. It the persons breath alcohol level is higher than that, the vehicle will not start. He or she can try again in five minutes. If the alcohol level is still too high then he can not try again for thirty minutes.
A person must be very careful what they eat, spicy foods, mouthwash and toothpaste can give a false reading and it will not allow the vehicle to turn on.
The unit also requires that the driver perform a test every few minutes so that they vehicle will remain running. If the driver’s alcohol level has increased at all the vehicle will shut off. This is meant to prevent drivers from having friend’s blow into the unit so that it will start. To perform the task a person must pick up the machine and blow hard into it for aprox. Fifteen seconds, taking your attention off of driving. If this is not done an alarm will go off as a warning. If it is not taken care of then the vehicle will turn off.
The Interlock System is a great way to punish drunk drivers and it is also a great way to make sure that they do not drive drunk. However the fact that the driver has to take his or her eyes off of the road to blow into the machine while he is driving does pose a danger. If a driver is on a busy freeway there is not even a split second of time available for him to take his eyes off of the road. An accident can occur in that once split second. If the driver does not blow into it on time and the alarms go off, then the vehicle shuts off a huge accident can occur because many freeways are so busy that other drivers will surely hit the vehicle with the Interlock System. This could cause a pile-up injuring many innocent people.
The companies need to find a better way of checking the machine while a person is driving. Possibly having the driver blow into it immediately when the vehicle stops to be sure the driver has not had any alcohol and also that the driver did not have someone else blow into it.
The Interlock System helps to deter people from drinking and driving. However, hopefully it will not pose a new threat to other drivers.