Maurice Stanley thinks an alcohol ignition interlock device is a great way to stop drink driving.
Maurice Stanley thinks an alcohol ignition interlock device is a great way to stop drink driving.

Former drink driver swears by interlocking devices

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For Maurice Stanley, the decision to drive after drinking cost him his licence for 12 months, a hefty fine and he now has to have an alcohol ignition interlock device fitted to his car for a maximum of two years.

The 58-year-old Bundaberg man said it was not all bad news, though.

He believes the device has actually created a positive effect on his life and changed his drinking habits.

"I believe these devices should be fitted to all drink-driving offenders - not just those who are a high risk," he said.

"I'm not ever going to stop drinking. It is something that I like to do, but this device has definitely made me think twice about it.

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"With this device, you start to learn the effects of alcohol and you realise just how dangerous it can be when you are behind the wheel."

Mr Stanley recorded a reading of .183 when he was pulled over by police officers on Tantitha St more than a year ago.

"I had been drinking my home brew with a couple of my friends and then I needed to do a few things around town," he said.

"I felt fine to drive but that wasn't the case when I was pulled over.

"My licence was suspended immediately; I spent five hours in the watchhouse and then went to court and got a $700 fine and told I would have to have this system installed in my vehicle when I got my licence back."

Edwina Rowan, of Charlton Lawyers, said an alcohol ignition interlock was fitted to the person's motor vehicle, which could only be started when the driver provided a zero alcohol reading by breath test at the start of the journey.

"If alcohol is detected in the driver's breath, the vehicle will not start. The device can also perform random breath tests during the trip," she said.

Mr Stanley said the device had made him think twice about drink-driving and believes that it should be a talking point among the community.



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