Sunday, February 10, 2008
Alcohol locks may be on the way in Belgium
The Federal Transport Minister Yves Leterme has announced new plans to help tackle drink-driving. Mr Leterme plans to force motorists with repeat convictions for being drunk behind the wheel to install an alcohol lock in their vehicles.
The alcohol lock consists of a small box about the size of a car radio which is attached by a coiled cord to a sample head and mouthpiece.
The alcohol lock limit is usually set at around 20mg/100ml so that the device will not be triggered by small amounts of alcohol in certain foodstuffs and medicines. "A drunk-driver could be ordered to fit an alcohol lock by a judge, in addition to any driving ban or fine that might form part of his or her sentence.”, the Transport Minister added.