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Smile! You’re on drunk driver camera

Smile, you’re on drunk driver camera.

In an effort to increase accountability for those with a history of driving while intoxicated, all alcohol ignition interlocks in Washington will be equipped with a camera starting Jan. 1.

The camera will snap a photo every time the machine is used in order to verify the driver is the person taking the test.

The locks are mandatory on the vehicles of those who have been accused or convicted of driving while impaired. The car will not start without a breath sample below the legal limit of .08.

Washington State Patrol Lt. Rob Sharpe said impaired drivers have been known to ask passengers, even children, to blow into the machine for them to start the car. More here. Jennifer Pignolet, SR

Sounds like a good idea to me. What say you?


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