Drunk drivers to get 'alcohol lock'

10th November 2010, Comments 0 comments


Beginning in May next year convicted drunk drivers will have to pass a breathalyser test before they can get behind the wheel.

Dutch Infrastructure and Environment Minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen has announced that an "alcohol lock" will be fitted to the vehicle of anyone caught driving with more than 1.3 per mille blood alcohol - that's about eight to ten glasses of beer.

The lock means the driver first has to blow into a breathalyser bag before he can start the car. International tests with alcohol locks have shown that drunk drivers are far less likely to re-offend.

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