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Sober Up: Congressman wants Big Brother in the Back Seat

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The unofficial start of summer is Memorial Day weekend and this year there's a new push to arm the car you drive with the tools needed to prevent drunk driving.

A Congressman from Maryland wants to make Alcohol Detection Sensors standard in all new vehicles in the next five to ten years. 

This means if you get behind the wheel after you've been drinking, your car might not even start.

It would be a much more sophisticated technology than current interlock devices that require convicted drunk drivers to blow into a tube.

Several devices being tested include skin sensors. By simply touching the steering wheel, or the gear shift, your car can determine your blood-alcohol level. Other sensors may be installed above your head and test your breath.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving supports installing sensors in all new cars but some Clevelanders think sensors go way too far.

"Driving with .06, .07, .08 is a victimless crime, nobody's hurt by people having a few beers and driving a car, people are hurt when they become reckless and drink too much."

 

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