Slate on Ignition Interlocks

Last week, the editors of the Slate legal blog “Jurisprudence” published a post written by LaDoris Cordell, the first judge in the state of California to order convicted DUI offenders to install ignition interlocks in their vehicles. The post traces the history of interlocks in California, from Cordell’s first order in 1987 to the present day. Currently, the California legislature is considering an expanded pilot program that could eventually mandate this type of interlock installation statewide by 2016.

Interlocks offer a form of targeted enforcement that is successful at taking drunk drivers off the roads. What’s your take on this article? Let us know in the comments.

2 Responses to “Slate on Ignition Interlocks”

  1. Edwin Says:

    LaDoris Cordell makes a good case for the bill in California which would mandate that people convicted of drunken driving have an ignition interlock in their car. It’s recommended that Schwartzneggar sign the bill because ignition interlocks are more effective than unecessary long jail time, except in the case of murder. If Congress were to advance a bill such as that bill in California, Congress must not threaten states with highway funding. The drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with alcohol education.

  2. Matthew Says:

    One thing my father mentioned (which also happens to believe in the 21 law, go figure)that people could always have someone else breith into the machine for them.

    Of coarse my solution to that is, make it were they also have to retake their drivers test, and have a maximum of allowing the driver to be in the care. although still not full proof, its a step in the right direction over the 21 law that doesn’t do anybody any good.