Supreme Court: Alcohol interlock is punishment enough

3 March 2015

Drunk drivers participating in the mandatory alcohol interlock program cannot be prosecuted for driving while intoxicated as well, the Supreme Court ruled today. The Court considered that having an alcohol interlock in your car is punishment enough.

Legislation enabling the central driving test organization CBR to order alcohol interlocks came into effect in December 2011. Experienced drivers caught with a BAC between 1.3 pro mille and 1.8 pro mille and novice drivers with a BAC between 1.0 pro mille and 1.8 pro mille are required to have an alcohol interlock fitted to their cars. In addition, they received from a judge a penalty for driving while intoxicated.


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