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Poll: Should 'alco-locks' be mandatory on all vehicles?

An event in Dublin this week is set to call for the universal use of in-car breathalysers, disabling a car if the driver fails it.

Currently motorists are only breathalysed if they're pulled over - but one conference is to call for the mandatory fitting of breathalysers into all vehicles.
Currently motorists are only breathalysed if they're pulled over - but one conference is to call for the mandatory fitting of breathalysers into all vehicles.
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IT’S REPORTED this morning that a conference being held in Dublin this week is set to call on transport minister Leo Varadkar to sanction the mandatory use of so-called ‘alco-locks’ in all vehicles.

The mechanisms contain a built-in breathalyser which would disable the vehicle if the driver fails the immediate test. Drivers would be forced to take the test every time they try to start the vehicle.

“We want them fitted before something bad happens,” Paddy Matthews of Matthews Coach Hire  said, in a report which appears in a number of today’s papers. Varadkar has previously said he would consider them for repeat motoring offenders.

Today we’re wondering whether you think they’d be a good idea – or if asking people to prove their capability of driving impinges on civil liberties and would be too inflexible.

Should ‘alco-locks’ be mandatory on all vehicles?


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