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December 29, 2012

Re “AAA wants tougher rule for first-time drunk drivers,” Dec. 26

Requiring ignition interlocks, which prevent a vehicle from starting unless the driver is sober, in the cars of convicted drunk drivers would make all of us safer.

As the author of California's pilot program requiring the installation of ignition interlocks in the cars of first-time and repeat offenders, I applaud the effort of the National Transportation Safety Board and Automobile Club to extend this requirement to every state.

It is appalling that the Distilled Spirits Council and the American Beverage Institute apparently prioritize alcohol sales over protecting the public.

Mike Feuer
Los Angeles

The writer is former majority policy leader of the California Assembly.

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