Government launching holiday drunk driving crackdown

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by KMOV.com Staff | @KMOV

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Posted on December 17, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 17 at 6:40 PM

(KMOV.com) -- The federal government wants stricter rules in place to prevent drunk drivers from getting behind the wheel.

To that end, an initiative was announced Tuesday involving a crackdown on “drunk” and “drugged” driving during the holidays.

Researchers claim highly publicized and frequent sobriety checks are a major deterrent and drunk driving crashes and deaths are reduced by 20 percent.

U.S. transportation officials also want more judges to punish drunk drivers with ignition interlock breath devices.

“Previous research of convicted drunk drivers shows that those with interlocks installed are 75 percent less likely to repeat than those who do not,” said David Strickland, with the National Highway Traffic Safety Association Administration.

There has been a push to have interlock devices installed in all offenders’ vehicles, even if it is their first offense.

“What we know is that the first time a person gets caught it’s not their first time they’ve driven drunk,” said MADD President Jan Withers.

The crackdown runs through New Year’s Day.

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