According to data from the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program released by AAA Mid-Atlantic, the number of drunk drivers ordered to install breathalyzers in their cars has risen 75% in the Commonwealth since a new law took effect.
The new law requires first-time DUI offenders to place the breathalyzer device in all their vehicles. The court-ordered device measures the offender's blood alcohol concentration level before the care will start.
About 8,500 drivers convicted of a DUI were enrolled in Virginia's ignition interlock program during the first 11-month period after the law was put into place.
AAA says 229 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes in the state in 2012, that's about a third of all traffic fatalities in Virginia.