Should First Time DUI Offenders Be Required to Have a Breathalyzer in their Car?


A proposed Georgia bill is trying to crack down on drunk drivers in an effort to improve safety for others sharing the road. If passed, the bill will require all drivers in Georgia who have been convicted of a DUI to have a breathalyzer machine installed in their vehicle. In order to start and operate the vehicle, the driver would have to pass a breathalyzer test.

This bill has generated considerable debate throughout the state of Georgia. Several people who have lost family members in car accidents caused by drunk drivers have voiced their support for the bill, claiming that if this law were in place earlier, their loved ones may still be alive. However, others have criticized the bill, claiming it goes too far. Some have stated they would support the bill in a modified form – for example, if it only applied to repeat offenders or first time offenders who had a blood alcohol level substantially above the legal limit.

It has been clearly established that drunk driving is one of the most common causes of serious, often fatal car accidents. Therefore, any efforts specifically designed to reduce the likelihood that people will drive drunk should be applauded. Unlike many DUI laws, which are specifically intended to generate revenue for states, this law would actually accomplish the goal of keeping our roads safer by preventing drunk drivers from getting behind the wheel. However, the question of fairness is certainly appropriate in this debate. Should a first time DUI offender who was barely over the legal limit be subjected to the same harsh consequences as someone who was severely intoxicated? This is one of the key questions the Georgia state legislature must answer this week.

If you have lost a loved one in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, you may be entitled to receive compensation through a wrongful death claim. While no amount of money can bring back your loved one, your settlement can help you stay afloat financially through a difficult time in your life. An experienced wrongful death attorney can help make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.