FREDERICK COUNTY, Va. - DUI arrest are up, but crashes and fatalities are down in
The device forces a driver to blow into a breathalyzer prior to starting the vehicle.
"They blow into it and if it reads zero alcohol in their system it will allow the car to start, and they can operate it. If it detects any alcohol the vehicle won't start,” Gosnell explained.
According to the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program, almost 9,000 drivers are currently enrolled in the interlock program. That's up from approximately 5,000 drivers just last year.
"It’s meant from keeping people from inadvertently or otherwise operating a vehicle with alcohol in their system," Gosnell said.
At the end of the day, officials are simply trying to protect their citizens. The horrors of drunken driving accidents linger long after people are gone. Five people were killed on 522 South and West Parkins Mill from a drunken driving accident, and are still remembered years later, with wreaths and crosses left at the site of the accident.
"While we're one of the toughest states, I can tell you here in
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