The National Transportation Safety Board is a fan of the idea, and says such a gadget policy would help prevent traffic collision deaths, reports the Los Angeles Times, especially those caused by drivers going the wrong way. Around 60% of wrong-way accidents involve drunk drivers, says the NTSB. The interlock devices would be mandatory in the vehicles of all drunk-driving offenders, even first-timers.
“Technology is the game-changer in reducing alcohol-related crashes on our nation’s roadways,” said NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman. “Achieving zero alcohol-impaired driving-related deaths is possible only if society is willing to separate the impaired driver from the driving task.”