California’s ‘Road Safe Act’ to Put Alcohol Detectors in Every Vehicle

Alcohol Detectors Could Come Standard With a New Car


A New Law Under Consideration Could Require Alcohol Detectors Installed in All Cars.

It’s called “The Roads Safe Act” and opponents claim it’s designed to put an alcohol detector in every car, just like an airbag or stereo.

Currently ignition interlock systems are only installed by court order.

Mechanics who work with the Smart Start System say you don’t have to be over the legal limit to stall out.

“Normally what they should calibrate it at .03. I believe for most people that’s the warning level,” according to Garrett Benedict, a mechanic.

The device allows six violations, then the car won’t start at all.

Experts say it is also set up to make sure drivers don’t try to cheat.

“They make you blow into it while you’re driving, therefore somebody doesn’t blow into it at the bar for you, and then you leave,” according to Garrett Benedict, a mechanic.

The American Beverage Institute has gone on record saying alcohol detectors should only be used for drunk drivers, not everyone.

“This is going to eliminate peoples ability to have a glass of wine at dinner, have a beer at a ball game and then drive home. That’s our concern, because that’ something we think people should be able to do,” states Sarah Longfellow of the American Beverage Institute.

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