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  • ladyblue Dec 12, 5:54 p.m.

    if the lawmakers were as enthusiastic to punishing meth makers as they were dunk drivers we'd have a decline on meth labs and not have to worry our doctor for a prescription for a cold medicine. I think if someone is caught 2 times drunk driving without learning anything, that they will find a way around this as well. they can let someone else blow the device for them as so many do now...

  • Das G Dec 12, 2:34 p.m.

    Sounds like a good time to start selling bottled air.

  • jjsmith1973 Dec 12, 1:21 p.m.

    Sorry, emotion doesn't belong in law. I have never lost a friend or family member to DWI but have to distracted drivers and speeders. I'm fine with this as long as when a person gets a speeding ticket is monitored by the state and speed is limited on their car for the rest of their life. Breaking the law speeding or texting has the same end result as DWI, only difference is their are more accidents due to speeding and distracted driving, yet a small fine and you get to drive away. That person could have killed someone. As one poster points out it is a right and a privilege.

  • livinright Dec 12, 12:42 p.m.

    All convicted drunk drivers should have the ingition locks when their license have been restored. Driving is a privilege, not a right!

  • MonkeyFace Dec 12, 12:13 p.m.

    here's an idea.. just don't drink and drive! der

  • cn38of50 Dec 11, 7:58 p.m.

    As a person who lost a loved one to a drunk driver...I'm all for it! They need to also toughen the penalties for DUI/DWI...first offense - no license for 3 years, next time - no license ever again. Get caught driving without a license lost to DUI/DWI...automatic jail time (at least a year) and harsh financial penalty (Say 25% of your salary).

  • Crumps Br0ther Dec 11, 7:27 p.m.

    So what happens when they borrow somebody else's car. How stupid have we gotten. Lets do this, give up,all your rights to the government and if you want to do something just ask if its ok.

    rdc42179

    If you have to have one of those things in your car you can only drive that car, your drivers licnese will have a restriction on the back stating the vehicle youre driving has to have the device. Yes you can borrow a car but if you get pulled and your not supposed to be driving that car, youre gonna have a bad time.

  • unblankenbelievable Dec 11, 7:15 p.m.

    And seatbelts don't protect people from from the car suddenly exploding so those are useless too right?

    Dude, you must work for the government because your so smart. NOT!

  • rdc42179 Dec 11, 7:09 p.m.

    So what happens when they borrow somebody else's car. How stupid have we gotten. Lets do this, give up,all your rights to the government and if you want to do something just ask if its ok.

  • Rebelyell55 Dec 11, 7:09 p.m.

    While I'm all for stopping someone who'll continue to drive drunk, since they don't have respect for others, I can see this as another one of those "fees" that is nothing but a revenue generator. Sad to say, the contractors will be the getting pretty rich too, more Corp. Welfare.

  • Crumps Br0ther Dec 11, 7:03 p.m.

    Good. Don't drive drunk. These devices cost $4500 by the way (future defendants) and have a monthly monitoring fee.
    sctech

    $2500 actually and its $150 bucks every two months for the "lease" on it. You have to take it in and have them download the data it has collected every 60 days and they send that to the DMV who will either look at it or not. If you're having a lot of questionable data the DMV can decide to extend the time you have on it. And to all future defendents NC has the strictess DUI laws in the country and are always tweaking them. Judges dont dare throw these cases out anymore out of fear of someone coming around behind them and inspecting their work. So if you're caught you're hosed. You're looking at about $10,000 dollars after its all said and done. Thats lawyers, rehab(you will have to go to classes dont think you wont), fines, and the monitor installation and maintenance costs.

  • Crumps Br0ther Dec 11, 6:55 p.m.

    Similar punishment for using cell phone while driving. This last is actually worse than drunk drivers.
    whatelseisnew

    Well Mr. Draconian what should they get if they dont use their turn signals?

  • sctech Dec 11, 6:49 p.m.

    Good. Don't drive drunk. These devices cost $4500 by the way (future defendants) and have a monthly monitoring fee.

  • exposure102 Dec 11, 6:47 p.m.

    Woohoo! Bring on the police state!! Monitoring for all citizens! Your curfew will begin promptly at 9PM tonight...

  • WooHoo2You Dec 11, 6:45 p.m.

    all this is going to do is make used vehicles that dont have these devices cost more-whoruntmeover

    What on earth are you trying to say?

  • WooHoo2You Dec 11, 6:44 p.m.

    There's a world of difference between the person who had a couple of glasses of wine and the person who drank a case of beer. Remember we are repeatedly told texting and talking on the phone is just as dangerous.- aspenstreet1717

    As dangerous (statistically) as a person with .08 percent blood alcohol content...that is a FAR CRY from "a case of beer" drunk.

  • WooHoo2You Dec 11, 6:40 p.m.

    What about the pill heads and weed heads. Going to have a device for them too? Didn't think so.- unblankenbelievable

    And seatbelts don't protect people from from the car suddenly exploding so those are useless too right?

  • makeitright Dec 11, 6:38 p.m.

    put them in all cars
    and the fines and jail times mentioned in the other posts are no wehre near what I would impose.

  • liberalmindset Dec 11, 6:38 p.m.

    sidecutter-not enough space in jails, easy answer there...

  • unblankenbelievable Dec 11, 6:32 p.m.

    What about the pill heads and weed heads. Going to have a device for them too? Didn't think so.

  • OpenM1nd Dec 11, 6:31 p.m.

    From what I've read on the subject, too many false positives also get registered. It could cripple the mouthwash industry, for example -- at least in the morning and during the day. But still, new cars need them at production time and older cars should have retrofit kits.

    Then once this is done, we need to come up with stupidity sensors and other devices that warn other drivers when the driver of a vehicle is daydreaming on their cell phone and not paying attention to traffic, for example.

  • aspenstreet1717 Dec 11, 6:24 p.m.

    There's a world of difference between the person who had a couple of glasses of wine and the person who drank a case of beer. Remember we are repeatedly told texting and talking on the phone is just as dangerous.

  • SaveEnergyMan Dec 11, 6:19 p.m.

    How about loss of vehicle and a short stint in jail for first time offenders? Kill someone and it automatically becomes 2nd degree murder. Drunk driving is a choice. It is totally due to lack of planning. Get tough. Many other countries have.

  • takeabathgreg Dec 11, 6:13 p.m.

    all this is going to do is make used vehicles that dont have these devices cost more

  • whatelseisnew Dec 11, 6:12 p.m.

    "I think it's a great idea! Might even cut down on drunk driving!"

    I have no problem with going after drunk drivers. However, more needs to be done to the sober drivers that INTENTIONALLY drive very dangerously. If you are sober and going 20 miles over the speed limit then that should be forfeiture of vehicle, a thousand dollar fine per mile over the limit and loss of license for two years. Similar punishment for running red lights, stop signs, and passing stopped school buses. Similar punishment for using cell phone while driving. This last is actually worse than drunk drivers.

  • storchheim Dec 11, 6:03 p.m.

    Another program, more studies, more sweet jobs for crony consultants, oh let's have these devices tested every year too, not just the emissions and did I say more jobs for cronies?

  • Scubagirl Dec 11, 5:53 p.m.

    I think it's a great idea! Might even cut down on drunk driving!

  • Grand Union Dec 11, 3:36 p.m.

    "How about one year mandantory jail time for 1st offenders, 5 years for 2nd time offenders and life for 3rd offenders. That should get the message across. BTW- pleading down is not allowed."

    we have the death sentence or Life meaning life for murder and that doesn't appear to be any sort of deterrent.............

  • sidecutter Dec 11, 12:05 p.m.

    How about one year mandantory jail time for 1st offenders, 5 years for 2nd time offenders and life for 3rd offenders. That should get the message across. BTW- pleading down is not allowed.

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