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Petition for New DWI Law Started in Victim's Honor

A petition has been started to make all cars throughout New York state have alcohol sensing devices to stop possibly intoxicated drivers.

A petition on the website Change.org has been started to push New York state to require all cars to have alcohol-sensing devices installed that would render a car useless if an intoxicated person entered the driver's seat.

The petition, called Install Sensitive Interlock Devices, was started yesterday, and as of 1:40 p.m. has already gained 1,496 of the 1,500 signatures it said it would require to be sent.

The petition was started in honor of , the 18-year-old Lindenhurst resident and recent Copiague High School who was on Sunday night by alleged drunk driver Michael Grasing.

The petition notes the device, which would be required by "Brittney's Law," would be rather small and unnoticeable to most drivers, but wouldn't require an outright "blow test" to be started.

"This law would state all vehicles have a form of an interlock device," the petition stated. "A small device attached to the inside of the car that would pick up on the scent of alcohol on the breath and, in turn, would render the car useless."

New York already has a law requiring certain previous offenders to install the breathalyzer-like devices in their vehicles, but these have come after previous driving while impaired or intoxicated arrests.

Many other states, such as Maryland, have already passed laws requiring certain offenders to have breathalyzer-like devices installed that require a driver to blow into a tube before the car will start.

"No one should be drinking and driving, no matter how small the amount," stated the letter on the petition for Brittney's Law.

"If you have money to drink yourself incoherent, then you should have money to pay for a cab home. So many lives have been lost, and nothing is done until it's too late, or just in time."

If you're interested in signing the petition for "Brittney's Law," click here to be sent to the website.

 

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Stephanie June 29, 2012 at 08:04 PM
how would it work by smell of alcohol what if the driver is sober and the passenger is drunk wouldnt it lock the car from starting if it smelt it on the passenger?? I agree laws need to be tougher but I do not agree with this law it will increase the price of cars to have these installed and I dont think I would never drink and drive so I dont need one why should I pay for it ??
MrsE June 30, 2012 at 02:09 PM
When a tragedy strikes, we are too quick to cry out for legislation to redress that particular event in the name of the fallen. It results in a patchwork of laws that impose heavy burdens and cost onto the lawful, while the unlawful will continue to get around these hindrances, because they will continue to thwart the law at every turn.
lmm June 30, 2012 at 03:52 PM
i believe that all cars should come with the interlock device and require the driver to blow into it in order for the car to be able to start. i certainly dont want to here anyone bitching about civil rights either. since we certainly cannot depend on the drunks doing the right thing, measures need to be taken to keep us safe from their selfishness!!! as far as the heavy burden, losing a life is a heavy burden for ANYONE to bear and i say id rather have the laws impose the heavy burden than to mourn anyone i know at the hands of a drunk!!!
Patricia Bailey November 29, 2012 at 02:14 AM
you have got be kidding me. the only thing you will accomplish will be to make the interlock company very rich. these devices will not allow you to start a car after using mouthwash. I know people who have had these devices installed. I am a medical professional with no dwi's ever and I think this is going way too far. I feel for your loss but why punish everyone because of a few

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