German insurance providers wish for new cars sold within the EU to be equipped with ignition locking device.
13,500 alcohol-related car accidents occurred in 2018 in Germany alone. According to German insurance providers, a new European directive is easier to establish than a legislation for each country.
If this sort of device prevented all drunk drivers from starting their cars in the first place, there would be no alcohol-related accidents resulting in injury or even death, says Siegfried Brockmann from the 'Unfallforschung der Versicherer', a research institute put in place by German insurers.
According to the mobility organisation ADAC, built-in breathalyser tests required to start a car goes too far. The German council for road safety, however, deems the idea innovative and passionate.
In France, drivers can be assigned an anti-ignition breathalyser test by a prefect, if they were tested in a drunken state, from September 2018. This step can, however, only be taken in 54 departments due to a lack of certified installers.
Interior minister Christophe Castaner supports the idea of introducing the breathalyser tests in all departments instead of the withdrawal of someone's driving license in case of an alcohol presence of between 0.8 and 1.9 grams per litre of blood.
The cost of installing these tests is rather high at €1,200 - €1,500. From 2022, all vehicles must be equipped with a plug socket allowing for these tests to be installed. This obligation should decrease the cost.