Car won't start if you're drunk

Posted on April 12, 2005

A relatively new device installed in DWI offenders' cars should contribute to fewer drunk-driving accidents, basically because the vehicle won't even start.

Authorities in New Mexico have mandated equipping first-time DWI offenders with an ignition interlock, which can require testing before and during a driving. From an Associated Press report, New Mexico has more interlocks currently installed per capita than any other state.

More than 40 states have begun using the devices, but New Mexico will be the first to require such broad use, which requires all offenders to keep the interlocks for a period of time.