Dutch minister proposes use of breathalyzer ignition lock in 2008

Dutch Transport Minister Camiel Eurlings said Monday he wants to introduce the breathalyzer ignition lock next year, one year earlier than planned.

Eurlings proposed the early use of the device against driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) or other drugs, especially targeting repeat DUI offenders.

The breathalyzer ignition lock, which can be easily installed in any motor vehicle, blocks the car from starting if the driver has too much alcohol on his or her breath.

Eurlings also proposed more traffic safety lessons in school.

The minister announced the measures shortly after the release of the country's traffic fatality figures for last year, which reflected only a marginal decline in the number of deaths on the roads, from 817 in 2005 to 811 in 2006.

Source: Xinhua

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