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Saturday 30th of August 2014

Breath test needed to start autos for drink drivers in NYC

    Starting 15 August of this year, all persons living in New York City who have been convicted of drink driving offences will be required to pass a breath test before starting their auto. The breath test device, expected to be installed in over 4,000 autos within the first year of the new law, will prevent motorists from operating their vehicles if their blood-alcohol content (BAC) is above .025, roughly one-third the New York State legal limit of .08.

    Motorists who have been convicted of drink driving offenses, even first time offenders, will be forced to blow into the breathalyser device each time they wish to drive their vehicle, and continue blowing at periodic intervals during their trip. If at any time the device registers a BAC reading of over .025, a loud, high-pitched noise will begin to sound from the car speakers, increasing in volume until the driver pulls over. If the follow-up test also registers a reading over .025, the car ignition locks, preventing further use of the car.

    The New York Post reported that the device will cost motorists $100 for installation, plus an additional $100 for each month of use. In addition, the Post reported that the length of time mandated for drivers to use the device can vary according to the sentence meted out by the courts, although the minimum requirement is six months.

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