Friday, January 8, 2010

Breathalizers in cars

From the Globe: Since 2006, 4000 units have been deployed in cars of those drunk drivers convicted twice, when applying for license reinstatement or hardship appeals.
Of the hundreds who have gone through the program, only 30 have been arrested and convicted a third time, a recidivism rate of under 2%.

While a third of the people arrested for drunk driving each year, or about 18,000 are repeat offenders. 18,000 drunk drivers are caught last year... and wonder how many are not caught? The numbers could be staggering and I wonder why 18,000 devices were not used, instead of 4000.... there's clearly a need for them.

2 Comments:

At January 13, 2010 at 3:57 PM , Blogger Defeated in Fram. said...

Curious, how much do these devices cost, and who pays for them? Is it the dirver or do we as taxpayers cover this expense? If we are paying for it, then no more of these should be installed. Keep the damm drunks off the road. If they have to pay for the devices themselves, then charge them 10 times the actual cost, but the extra 9 times worth in the Commonwealths general fund, and install these for everyone who asks for one. BUt we as responsible drivers should not be footing the bill for these repeat offenders to be able to drive again.

 
At January 13, 2010 at 4:24 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

DinF... the drivers pay the full amount for the device as a condition to get their licence back.

All of us I'm sure read the police blotter from time to time and the media's train wreck voyeuristic nature when someone is killed in an horrific accident caused by a drunk driver who has had multiple convictions over many years and STILL gets their licence back and is in another accident.

To many lives have been snuffed out by drunk drivers and repeat drunk drivers. There could and should be thousands of these devices in thousands of cars belonging to convicted drunk drivers.

 

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