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25 years ago: Local judges doubt effectiveness of new drunk-driving law

April 23, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for April 23, 1988:

  • A state law signed this week by Gov. Mike Hayden permitted judges to require an "ignition interlock device" in the cars of drunk drivers. The device was designed to prevent the car from starting if the driver had alcohol on his or her breath. Douglas County District Judges Michael Malone and Jean Shepherd, however, were concerned that the devices seemed expensive and somewhat impractical. "In sentencing," Malone said, "you either punish an offender or try to answer his problem. This doesn't seem to do either." Shepherd added that a sentencing rule of suspending the driver's license of a convicted drunk driver was at least as effective as the new law.
  • The Tandy Corp. today announced they would be releasing a new personal computer that would follow the design of IBM's Personal System-2, which had been out on the market for a year. Tandy also made the surprise announcement of "an unusual compact disk" that could be "repeatedly erased and re-recorded."

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