Alcohol lock for drink drivers delayed

Plans to introduce an ‘alcohol lock’ on the cars of people with serious drink drive convictions are to be delayed by at least six months, the transport ministry said on Thursday.

The system should have been introduced on May 1 but has not yet been adapted for Dutch use, the ministry said.
Transport minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen plans to bring in the alcohol lock for drivers found with a blood alcohol level of 1.3 – the equivalent of eight to 10 beers, the Telegraaf reported last year.
At the moment, the legal limit is 0.5, or 0.2 for drivers with less than five years experience.

Not drinking

With the lock, drivers have to blow into a small apparatus fitted to the dashboard to prove they have not been drinking before the engine will start.
The minister expects some 4,000 people a year will have the lock fitted to their cars
At the moment, drivers automatically lose their licence if caught with a blood alcohol level of 1, if it is a second offence.
Trials with the alcohol lock show the reoffending is down by 75%

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