For as long as cars have been around drinking and driving has been a danger. In the late 70’s catching drunk drivers started to become a priority. Mothers against drunk driving was established in 1980 and helped to shine light on this issue. Since this time there has been many improvements and lives spared with the efforts of this group. However, looking at statistics today and seeing that accidents involving impaired drivers “accounted for 31% of all traffic deaths last year”, it is obvious that there is still more work to be done. (www.centurycouncil.org) Countless lives are lost to the senseless act of getting behind the wheel drunk. Many family’s have been torn apart. Although we have made strides such as reducing the legal limit for blood alcohol from .10 to .08 and implementing sobriety checkpoints; a permanent solution needs to be found. Some may believe our drunk driving laws are strict enough, but it is obvious they are not because every year there are around 9,878 deaths and 350,000 injuries as a result. Our government needs to encourage automakers to design a built in feature that would allow excess alcohol levels to be detected. Every car would be required to have a small ignition interlock device that would be installed in all cars. You would need to blow into the device and if your blood alcohol level was less than .08 you would then be allowed to start your car. This may seem like a huge hassle but at this point you need to make saving the 10,000 people annually killed in drunk driving accidents a priority. So you may be asking yourself how this will ever work. Well my answer to that is simple! Just as we gradually started installing seat belts years ago, manufactures would be required to start installing a device that attaches to all cars. We would breath into the device, start the engine, fasten our seatbelts and away we go! As far as older cars, there would be a grace period for car owners to get the devices installed in their vehicles. Before license tabs are renewed we would go into a shop just as we do with emissions. In order to get the license renewed we would need a form from the testing site stating we had a device installed and it is working properly. If a car was pulled over for any reason and did not have the blood alcohol device installed there would be a large citation issued. If others are opposed to driving someone else’s car and breathing in their device for health reasons, there is an easy way to handle that as well. Today we all use hand sanitizer and it has become a regular item in our homes, cars, purses, gym bags and at work. So we would create a non-toxic cloth cleaner in a small easy to carry container to wipe the device down quickly before using someone else’s vehicle. Some may say this is an inconvenience or argue that it takes away their rights. Well I say no more than a seatbelt requirement, and we’ve all managed to get along fine making this part of our routine when operating a motor vehicle. Wouldn’t you gladly breathe into a device before starting your car to save your own life or the life of a loved one? If we all did your part, and followed these guidelines just think of the incredible change we could make to drastically decrease the deaths and injuries we have in the United States each year! We need to make sure that cars will not start if the blood alcohol level is too high. How many more years will it take and how many lives lost before our government and society will take a stand? This surely would be a benefit to all of us as a whole. Sure there will be those that disagree with whatever decisions are being made to prevent lives lost, but that should not detour us from taking an important stand like preventing drunk driving. It seems that only when it hits close to home and people are effected by loosing a dear friend or loved one do changes happen. So now, we have drunk driving laws, limits lawmakers have decided are safe to consume before getting behind the wheel of a car and yet people ignore them and drive after consuming too much anyway. Look at a recent man in the news who killed a loving grandma and grandpa who were out for a walk with their daughter-in-law and newborn grandson. This man had been cited 5 times previous and still chose to get behind the wheel of a car well above the legal limit. Those grandparents would be alive today if his car would not have started. Even if he drank too much he couldn’t have hurt anyone else. I again say a little inconvenience for the rest of us would be well worth saving lives. How hard could it be to breath into a mandatory device installed in all cars? With all the technology out there in this world today there has to be a company that can create a small easy to breath into device that can be manufactured in all cars. It is just like the seat belt law. We need a sure proof way to make sure cars do not start with drunks behind the wheel. I would surely be willing to do this each time I started my car to save my friends and family, wouldn’t you? I am asking that this be taken into serious consideration sooner rather than later. People’s lives are on the line each hour we wait.