Ignition Interlock To Keep Drunk Drivers Off Roads

By Jared Kaplan

July 22, 2010 Updated Jun 25, 2007 at 6:00 PM EST

That's the sound some drivers are hearing before they can start their car.

It's the sound of this breathalyzer, which tests whether a person is sober, or drunk.

DriveSafe of Long Island has been making it's version of an Ignition Interlock device for 14 years," says Dan Prudente of DriveSafe Ignition Interlock.

DriveSafe will now be available in Greater Binghamton.

The new Audioman on Glenwood Road will install the device.

"If anyone's ever had a friend of relative who's had a problem with drinking and driving or been injured, then you know how important it is to keep the roads safe," says Jason Sutton of Audioman Inc.

Ignition Interlocks allow convicted drunk drivers to get their license back while on probation.

They can legally drive, as long as they can prove they are sober.

"The probation department loves them. The clients are happy to get their license back," says Prudente.

The devices aren't cheap though.

Drivers will pay 75 dollars upfront cost, then 77 dollars monthly, and another 35-dollars to remove it after probation.

DriveSafe Ignition Interlock says it's had 300 of its devices installed in the cars of convicted drunk drivers in New York.

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