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US drinks retailers oppose ignition interlocks

Right: Ignition interlocks are not the answer to drunk driving, claim American drinks retailers

American Beverage Licensees (ABL) has begun a campaign against the universal fitting of ignition interlocks on vehicles to stop drunk driving. Ignition interlocks prevent drivers from starting a vehicle if they sense that the driver is intoxicated.

ABL claims it is unnecessary to fit such devices to all vehicles and it has developed a series of alternative proposals that it calls the ABL Toolbox, to provide an alternative means to prevent drunk driving.

“Alcohol beverage retailers oppose drunk driving without exception and are ready to find practical solutions to stop it,” says ABL executive director Harry Wiles. “This toolbox includes innovative strategies, the use of current technologies and education and responsibility tools to further reduce the drunk driving problem.”

ABL and its members have pledged to monitor and vigorously oppose efforts to implement ignition interlock technology. “When it comes to sentencing drunk drivers, judicial discretion is absolutely critical,” says Wiles. “Drunk drivers are not all the same. As with other criminal offenses, one-size fits all sentencing mandates, such as ignition interlocks for all offenders, are not an effective approach to the problem.”

January 18, 2008

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