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Breath Analyzers May Be Required In Cars If New Guidelines Pass

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - New guidelines released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are cracking down on first time drunk drivers.

The administration wants the entire country to get on board and require first-time offenders to use alcohol-breath monitors before starting their car.

Imagine not being able to enter your car until you blow into a breath analyzer and if you've been drinking, the car won't start.

That scenario is what US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx wants for all states.

On Tuesday, the administration held their annual "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" event, where they released the guidelines.

Right now 20 states require first-time drunk drivers to blow into the breath analyzer, in order to start their car.

The department says drunk driving crashes have gone up 4.6 percent since last year, resulting in more than 10,000 deaths per year.

First time offenders in Michigan are not required to install the device.

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