Korea Mulls Introducing 'Alcolocks' for Drunk Drivers

  • By Kim Seung-jae

    April 15, 2021 13:41

    So-called alcolocks that breathalyze a driver before starting the car may become mandatory here for motorists with a history of driving under the influence.

    The Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission said Wednesday that it has urged the National Police Agency to make the ignition interlocks compulsory for those who had their driving license suspended or revoked over a drink-driving offense.

    The commission also recommended a treatment program.

    Alcolocks are already in operation in several countries like Canada, France, Sweden and the U.S. The size of a cell phone, the device acts as a breathalyzer that unlocks the engine starter only if the driver's blood alcohol level is in the permissible range.

    Safeguards against cheats like letting someone else breathe into it are included, for example facial recognition.

    Depending on the gravity of the offence, the alcolock will be required for six months to four years. 

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