AAA Backs Ignition Interlock Recommendation

New Year's Day tops the list of most deadly day for alcohol-related fatalities.

AAA is warning drivers that the roads are most dangerous today. New Year's Day is the most deadly day for alcohol-related traffic deaths, a day that consistently tops the list year after year.

With that in mind, AAA is supporting the National Transportation Safety Board's recommendation of ignition interlocks.

"According to the 2012 Traffic Safety Culture Index conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, more than nine in 10 drivers consider it a serious threat to their personal safety when others drink and drive, and nearly all (97 percent) surveyed find it unacceptable for a driver to get behind the wheel when they have had too much to drink," AAA said in a news release. "To prevent these dangers, nearly eight in 10 Americans support requiring ignition interlocks for all convicted DUI offenders, even if it's their first conviction."

These devices, breathalyzers installed in motor vehicles, are being recommended for all people found guilty of driving under the influence.

"I commend AAA for stepping up for safety," said NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman. "Technologies, such as ignition interlocks, will reduce alcohol-related crashes on our nation's roadways. We look forward to working alongside AAA and its clubs to eliminate the nation's top killer on our roadways -– impaired driving."

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