Camera installed ignition interlock device introduced

When DUI conviction happens, drivers with BAC level of .15 or higher are required to install ignition interlock devices inside their vehicle, and constantly use it before they start the car. Typically the first-time DUI offenders are allowed to carry less period of time, such as 6 to 7 months, and the longer the length of time will be if it’s the case of multiple convictions.

Now the problem arises when the offenders are trying to start their car bypassing this initial breath testing task. If they have their friends or family members beside them, they might ask one of the sober people to blow the test device, and pass the test, thus start ignition without getting caught again. If that happens, then impaired drivers can freely drive while they are still under the drunk status and the interlock device becomes useless.

In the state of Washington, law enforcement department brought up an idea of forcing the device to take a picture of person who uses the device every time they blow out. That way, only legally authorized person and the breath sample will be allowed to start the ignition. What a brilliant idea! So no more tampering the device by either other passengers or any kind of accessory tools such as portable air compressor to perform a blow test. All the failed attempts on the device will be recorded by the software on the machine and it will be sent to the manufacturer or service station, and then they will contact state patrol in turn.

No more fooling on the device or cheating behavior is expected by this method introduced, and police officers are excited to see the result. In all, the purpose of this device is to protect innocent people by discouraging any potential impaired drivers to sit behind the wheel while they are drunk.

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Jobs Lost To Drugs: Alcohol Equals Trucks For Company Gain

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has recently released new information on the number of truck and bus drivers that have been released from their jobs as a result of illegal drug and alcohol abuse while on the job. 278 drivers have lost their jobs as part of the investigation conducted by the FMCSA for violations of drug and alcohol abuse, as well as lack of drug testing enforcement by the trucking and bus companies. The 128 companies had no comment to add, noting their lawyers would handle anything that needs to be said to the public. This has left a surplus of heavy equipment on the market.

Scary Results Make Citizens Want To Walk

Although this news didn’t reach the ears of most bus users, those who share the road with truckers, or construction equipped road workers, the results are the same. Dangerous individuals who could have seriously injured the passengers they were transporting or sharing the road with are no longer driving, and that’s a comfort for those who have heard the story.

“That’s just so scary; I think I’ll walk or take the U-train,” noted one Chicago resident.

The CEO of American Trucking Association (ATA), Bill Graves, commented on the situation July 2 in a letter to the FMCSA.

“ATA is pleased that both DOT [Department of Transportation] and FMCSA are committed to improving truck and highway safety through stepped-up enforcement and through focused drug and alcohol inspections, …ATA supports increased enforcement of the drug and alcohol regulations,” said Graves. “The long overdue national clearinghouse will be a far more effective way to address the ongoing problem of some commercial drivers evading testing program rules…”

Fewer Drivers Means More Trucks

While these big rig drivers are out of work and out of cash, most of them will be replaced. If the companies they work for are under fire and thus fiscally stretched- the unused trucks in the fleet have to be sold. It’s an awkward catch-22; hire more drivers to drive the trucks, but without the money for a proper defense, or sell the trucks and hopefully get out of the way of fire from the FMCSA, DOT, and ATA. Drivers who owned their own trucks but drove for these companies have the same issues; selling the used rigs means they still can’t work but at least they can hire a lawyer to clear them.

As For The Rest Of The World…

The vacancies left behind in trucking may or may not be filled, depending on what the owners of each company decide to do. As for the bus driver vacancies, you can be rest assured the cities and companies involved are going to be extra careful about who they hire from now on. In the world of the jobless, this is almost a hallelujah because they can apply for these openings so long as their driving records are clean and their bodies are free of drugs and alcohol.

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