Babette Miller, owner of Smart Start of Alaska, said she committed to contracting a dealer in Haines to save people the time and expense of monthly trips to Juneau.
Several people from Haines have already traveled to Juneau for the devices, she
said, but were granted extensions to 90 days for the mandatory recalibrations. (The devices were required for some offenders previous to this year.)
"We try to make it available in the area," Miller
"We try to make it affordable."
Two months should be plenty of time to meet demand in Haines, she
said, because drunken driving penalties begin with a 90-day license suspension.
said although the random tests the driver takes while operating the vehicle cut down on the possibility of circumventing the system, the next generation of ignition interlocks, to be introduced later this year, will be equipped with a camera to identify the individual giving the breathalyzer sample.
said the devices were not designed to stop people from drinking, just from driving drunk, and said people who used them were surprised at what they learned about alcohol’s effects.
"At the very end, most people say the one thing they learned is about residual alcohol," she