2 Jan 2014

Call to use hi-tech locks on drink-drivers

8:51 pm on 2 January 2014

A road safety lobbyist is calling for the wider use of alcohol interlock devices to reduce repeat offending by drink-drivers.

Sanctions were introduced 15 months ago to allow judges to require repeat drink-drivers to have the devices fitted to their cars so that the vehicle won't start if alcohol is detected on the driver's breath.

The director of Auckland-based road safety charity Brake, Caroline Perry, says it is urging judges to make more orders for use of the interlocks.

The breath-testing immobilisers are widely used in some states of Australia and the United States to control repeat drink-drivers, drivers who have high blood-alcohol levels or who refuse breath tests.