Dem lawmaker announces plans to propose bill requiring breathalyzers in new vehicles

Dem lawmaker announces plans to propose bill requiring breathalyzers in new vehicles
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Rep. Debbie DingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann DingellDemocrats demand FCC act over leak of phone location data Democratic lawmakers, 2020 candidates pay tribute to Conyers Hillicon Valley: Facebook launches 'News Tab' | Senate passes bill to take on 'deepfakes' | Schumer outlines vision for electric cars MORE (D-Mich.) is planning to introduce a bill next week that would require all new vehicles sold in the U.S. to come equipped with an interlocking breathalyzer device.

The breathalyzer device would force drivers to test their blood-alcohol content (BAC) levels before being able to start the car.


The devices are typically attached to a car's ignition. If a driver's BAC is above the legal limit, the car will not start.

The legislation was prompted by the deaths of Northville, Mich., residents, Issam Abbas and Rima Abbas and their three children, who were killed by a drunken driver on their way home from vacation, reported.

“Their loss has devastated our community in ways you cannot imagine,” Dingell said. “In every sense of the word, they were a community. Their absence stunned this community and is felt deeply and emotionally.”

The Abbas family lived in Dingell's district.

“If we can keep one person from dying on the roads and make people think twice before getting behind the wheel when they shouldn’t — even when they’re buzzed and think they are OK — can’t we say we’ve been successful?” Dingell said Thursday during a speech on the House floor.

A photo of the family was displayed next to Dingell as she announced the legislation on the floor.

“Nothing will bring back the Abbas family,” she said. “But their lives are too important to forget. Our community will deeply miss them, but we must make sure their death is not in vain.”