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Do you favor requiring first-time DUI offenders to use ignition interlock devices?

Response Percent Votes
Yes
 
47% 697
No
 
47% 693
Not sure
 
5% 80
Total 1470

Comments

avenger 2 years, 10 months ago

I'll say this. 2 years ago I got a DUI. Never been pulled over by a cop before in my life, no speeding tickets, hell no parking tickets. I made a bad choice one night driving literally one block home. Was it stupid? Yes. Did I deserve a DUI? Yes. The punishment I got for cooperating with the police officer and not lying to him or trying to hide anything was over $5000 in fines, court costs, lawyer fee's, etc as well as one year with no liscense at all and on top of that one year with an ignition interlock device (which by the way costs $100 to install and remove and $75/month to maintain which costs a total of $1100 additional to everything else). Had I not cooperated with the cop, who by the way recommended a lighter sentence to the judge for me being so cooperative, I would've lost my license for the same year and would've been done with it. Our system is teaching people that not cooperating with law enforcement will get you in less trouble than if you do and that, to me, is wrong.

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Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 10 months ago

Since alcohol is such a terrible thing, why is it legal in the first place?

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pace 2 years, 10 months ago

Beware the drunk that can hold his booze. Beware the fool that thinks after 5 drinks he isn't affected. I don't like drunk drivers, I think they kill people. I don't see the down side of requiring ignition interlock devices. I don't think a person who was a fool once wont be a fool again.

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uglyrumor 2 years, 10 months ago

Think of how much money someone who was invested in a company that makes these devices would bring in if such a law was passed. If you need me to go any further....

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 10 months ago

YES

Establish a national database STAT to prevent buying another car.

I also say make some very very very stiff penalty for anyone who loans out a vehicle.

Are these devices any more expensive than drinking to excess frequently?

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Roland Gunslinger 2 years, 10 months ago

Ever used one of those devices? My dad had to have one. He had COPD and emphysema so guess who got stuck with having to blow for him since he was never able to muster the lung capacity himself. Me. Guess what- I'm not a smoker, I rarely drink, and I'm in pretty good shape and it would take me 3 or 4 attempts to blow (and hum the right tone) in order to get the vehicle started. Minor inconvenience my ass, we're talking 10-15 minutes each time.

Once the interlock was taken out of his vehicle his airbag would continuously fault and his digital dash no longer worked.

I'm all for these devices for someone who hasn't learned their lesson the first time... but until you've actually used one of those things you have no idea just how inconvenient (and expensive!) they are.

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Russell Fryberger 2 years, 10 months ago

Don't do the crime if you can't do the time. If you drink, stay the hell out of the driver seat.

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beatrice 2 years, 10 months ago

I really don't like it when people do things that risk my life and the lives of others. Their own life? Not a problem, just don't risk mine with your actions. If a person demonstrates that they are willing to risk other people's lives by driving drunk even once, then I favor the penalty of installing the breathalyzer on a car.

Doing things that risk other people's lives is a zero times activity. Get caught doing it once, pay a big penalty that takes away the probability of your doing it again. Why would I want to give someone a second chance to kill me?

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giggity79 3 years, 2 months ago

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JackMcKee 3 years, 2 months ago

Drunk driving is a serious offense, but we have to use some common sense when it comes to penalties for first time offenders. I don't think MADD will be happy unless prohibition returns.

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coderob 3 years, 2 months ago

What do all of the lawyers out there think of this idea? Drunk driving is serious and all but I'm sure they'd stand to lose some money if this policy passes and works.

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greenworld 3 years, 2 months ago

Quit spending money on something that rewards the person. How about a good quick kick in the azz or design something that punches somebody in the face...wouldnt that be better. What keeps anybody drunk from jumping into somebody else's car and driving drunk. People wont do this... come on. Why dont we work on something more scientific that has an electronic thing that makes people who dont pay or have insurance not be able to get a driver's license?? How many accidents a year occur and the other person doesnt have insurance or a job more less and the only thing you can do is turn around and sue your own insurance. Once again the loser prevails. I mean I know up front in order to get a license or tags you have to provide poi but what keeps you from only paying it for one month and then the other 11 you drive around with no insurance and still have a license and tags. To many loopholes in to many things and people have figured out how to beat the system. If you give somebody something free, they will take 10-15 more times then you have given them. I understand why so many people dont work and live off welfare because its to freaking eazy. Basically you put your hand out and somebody puts something in it and you come back for seconds and thirds and then work under the table to still make cash. Unfortunately this is how the middle and lower class have to live now to survive and the upper class or millionaires dont care because they are so above the poor people that they wouldnt even know how to spell the word WIC. Enough of my soapbox. One last thing, how come not one person from Canada jumps across our border yet are friends to the south jump everyday?? When you can answer that you will know which way our country is headed. Ignition locks?? Get out of here with that BS.

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jayhawkstalk 3 years, 2 months ago

People know they aren't supposed to drink and drive. They know intellectually that it causes accidents and death. But even being pulled over is far from the worst thing that could happen. I think they should be forced to use the breathilizer as well as seeing pictures and video of other drunk driving accidents. Maybe even videos in Imax so they can feel the devastation. They got off light by being pulled over, when they could have killed someone or been killed. No punishment is really too hard, when it is just luck that kept them from being a statistic.

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lcchain 3 years, 2 months ago

These devices only do what they try to stop.

Not only would a person with a poor breath capacity have trouble using these units, 10 mins later along the drive you are required to pass the test again, as you are driving. It's more trouble than its worth and I'm sure it has made zero impact towards fatalities resulting from drunk driving. Also it's just another fat labor charge to have one installed in any car.

Most people these days don't have money, and we are guided by nature to help one another right?

Drunk driving-BOOOOO NO GOOD

Car breath start-BOOOOO NO GOOD

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Chris Ogle 3 years, 2 months ago

Too bad the bars don't offer some kind of device that shows your BAC (if you request it). I would certainly use one if it was offered. .

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toe 3 years, 2 months ago

Ignition lock followed by a jail door lock.

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autie 3 years, 2 months ago

shoot 'em in the foot for the first time....knee cap second time.

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dogsandcats 3 years, 2 months ago

First-time? No. Repeat offenders? Sure. Give the first-timers a chance to learn their lesson before imposing this extreme of a restriction.

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macon47 3 years, 2 months ago

the point is, if the driver has enough money to pay for the car monitor, he has enough money to hire a lawyer and get out of the ticket if the sap doesnt have any money he doesnt have it to pay for his monitor

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WHY 3 years, 2 months ago

Why drink and drive when you can smoke and fly.

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CWGOKU 3 years, 2 months ago

The question the other day was about how many drinks a day you have, and now the question is about drunk driving. I can't for tomorrow's question...

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northtown 3 years, 2 months ago

Make so they cannot ever drive again-The same for use of a cell phone while driving-And enforce speed limints and all other driving laws!!!!!!!!!!!

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jayhawk4life88 3 years, 2 months ago

Well as a prior offender who got 2 DWIs in 4 months when I was 18, now I realize that getting the ignition interlock after the 1st may have helped me. Now I understand how much of a pain of the A** it is to get it installed, and then pay everymonth, and get it serviced everymonth, it just ain't worth it now at 22 I finally realize...It maybe would have opened my eyes a little more and got thru this hard head of mine. And 48 hrs in jail..Yeah thats not gonna accomplish anything most of the time. I was left in there several times to sober up, and well I didnt learn much at the time from it. It may scare a few, but most will be out drinking again the next weekend or month. Well I ended up doing 9 months in county jail over my drinking arrests..That'll get you to learn something. Just imagine if they could come up with an economical device that car manufacturers could install in every vehicle made. Yeah the people that dont drink are gonna say "I dont need that", but oh well, it takes 2 extra seconds to start your vehicle and is gonna save thousands of lives. I think that would be a great way to deal with DWI. Taxi business would skyrocket so invest.. But then the state wouldnt get their money though for alcohol arrests/offenses.

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Chelsea Kapfer 3 years, 2 months ago

I vote yes. people rarely get caught the first time they drive drunk. I have worked in a traumatic brain injury unit and at least 75% of the patients there are victims of drunk driving.

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CHKNLTL 3 years, 2 months ago

i'm against this if it costs taxpayer money. If it is funded solely by the individual, then go for it. we need less alc'ees on the streets.

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Tom Shewmon 3 years, 2 months ago

I know someone who has one and it is so sensitive, you can not even gargle with mouthwash right before and even cough syrup can trigger it ---this person claims. Also says one drink and you have to wait hours before you attempt to blow.

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slowplay 3 years, 2 months ago

"Ignition interlocks just make money for the monitoring companies. They can go get another car in a heartbeat if they want to."... I don't think so. Are you going to let your drunken friend use your car because he's too loaded to use his?

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Steven Gaudreau 3 years, 2 months ago

What about putting cell phone jammers on cars of those who have caused wrecks while on the phone? Cell phones have caused more fatalities then drunk drivers in recent years.

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guest 3 years, 2 months ago

Then the same should go for texters; First offense gets their license taken away for a year and then some sort of cell phone interlock device installed for an additional year after that. Only seems fair to me.

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cowboy 3 years, 2 months ago

I have always thought that the more impact you have on arrest the longer lasting the lesson learned. Keep DUI offenders in jail for 48 hours before setting bail. Let there be some actual inconvenience , learning time , involved in the arrest process. Now you are out in an hour or so.

Simple learning theory is that the punishment applied must be immediate to have any impact. You get bonded out in an hour then take six months to work your way thru court. This is not a traumatic event.

Ignition interlocks just make money for the monitoring companies. They can go get another car in a heartbeat if they want to.

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MacHeath 3 years, 2 months ago

If you gave them to first time offenders, you would have a lot of them in use. How about the second time?

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slowplay 3 years, 2 months ago

How could anyone vote NO on this? You are pretty much saying " I don't care if people drink and drive".

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ralphralph 3 years, 2 months ago

Nazi-Moms of the World, Unite!

DUI x 1 (under 2.0 BAC) = solid head slap, fine, suspension, restriction.

DUI ever again = Heel on throat, never drive again, rot in jail.

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