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Alcohol interlock compulsion plan

Victorian Government wants to make interlock devices compulsory for all convicted drink-drivers.

KAITLIN THALS February 26, 2013 4:04am

Greater Shepparton Police Service Area Inspector Ian Bull welcomes any plans to reduce the ‘‘serious problem’’ of drink-driving.

The Victorian Government yesterday announced plans to force all drink-drivers to fit interlock devices to their cars.

The interlock prevents a car from starting if a driver has been drinking, by forcing the driver to pass a breath test before the engine will start.

It is already compulsory for drink-drivers with high readings and for repeat offenders, and the device can cost more than $1000.

‘‘Drink-driving is a serious problem within our community and we have a high rate of enforcement. Any thinking around reducing the risk of persons drink-driving would be a positive step,’’ Insp Bull said.

‘‘We have no details of the proposal just yet, but I think it’s an important issue and something we’d be keen to be involved in discussions, from an organisational perspective.

‘‘It’s good people are looking at ways to reduce the risks and it’s good people are talking about it.’’

Victorian Police Minister Peter Ryan said drink-driving causes 25 to 30 per cent of deaths on Victorian roads and about a third of drink-drivers offend again.

It is unclear when the new laws will be introduced to parliament.

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