The issue of ignition interlocks is a hot one as we enter the New Year. Anti-alcohol groups are pressing to impose more legislation on motorists in the form of forced interlocks. While many states already require repeat drunk driving offenders to install interlocks in their cars, many are also increasingly passing laws aimed at first-time offenders.
In our most recent poll, we queried our readers as to their thoughts on first-time offenders being forced to install interlocks, and the results were mixed. But the largest number – a bit more than 37 percent – indicated that it is a bad practice, as it will cause people to be afraid to drink at all, even in moderation. Somewhat more than 12% also called the practice a bad one, but because interlocks often flag those who are not even at the legal alcohol limit. On the other hand, approximately half of all respondents felt the practice is a good one -- but were split on the reason why. Of these, about 50% said the measure will prevent first-time offenders from becoming repeat offenders. But roughly half of those in favor said the legislation is good only if it provides for punishment of first-time offenders who are well above the legal limit.
Our next poll asks you, in light of fears of recession and anticipated increases in supplier costs this year, if on-premise operators should re-think their beverage alcohol pricing strategies, and in what ways. To express your views, visit BevInfoGroup.com.