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New tool fights drunk driving

Carol McNamee of MADD Hawaii. Carol McNamee of MADD Hawaii.
Breathalyzer inside vehicle. Breathalyzer inside vehicle.

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Beginning New Year's Day, anyone arrested for driving drunk must install an "ignition interlock" device in their car.

The new law requires violators to blow into a breathalyzer to start their car.

It looks like a TV remote control, with a straw on the top.

And to prevent having a sober friend blow into the device, there's a camera on the dashboard.

A computer also records drivers' every move.

"Every month this thing will be downloaded, and we will start to get information on the habits of people, especially people who are repeat offenders, and that information will be used to strengthen laws or change laws and keep people off the roads who are DUI," said Carol McNamee, founder of MADD Hawaii.

Yes, we have made progress, but there are still way too many people dying on our streets and roads. And this device, keeps a high risk driver off the road for sure.

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