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Trouble with ignition interlocks

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Ignition interlocks don’t always make the roads safer. In fact, sometimes they kill. On Jan. 22 Joseph A. DeGrasse, 29, was driving his car towards East Wenatchee on Highway 28. He DUI convictions in his past so he was required by law to drive a car only if it had a functioning ignition interlock device. Near Kirby Billingsley Hydro Park, DeGrasse’s ignition interlock device signaled that he needed to “blow.” If he didn’t, depending on the type of device he had, his horn and lights would start flashing and he might be reported to court on a probation violation. When DeGrasse reached down to grab the device he veered onto the shoulder. On the shoulder was a broken down, empty bus. DeGrasse collided with it and his passenger was killed instantly.

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