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Booze Dealers vs. Auto Insurers As New Mexico Interlocks Get Props In Congress

May 19, 2009, 12:00 am
By Corey Pein
The New York Times reports on its website today that "Support Grows for Alcohol Interlocks on Cars." Matthew Wald writes:
At a hearing on Monday of the Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection Subcommittee of the House Commerce Committee, the auto manufacturers' vice president for vehicle safety, Robert Strassburger, cited figures from New Mexico, which mandates breathalyzers after a first drunken-driving conviction. Alcohol-involved crashes in New Mexico are down 30 percent, injuries 32 percent and fatalities 22 percent, he said.

As SFR's cover story showed this week, national lawmakers might want to think twice before basing any new rules on New Mexico's dubious DWI stats.


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