Ministry considers making DUI drivers' names public

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Lithuanian Transport Minister Rokas Masiulis says that the ministry considers making it mandatory to install ignition interlock devices in rental cars and publicly naming people caught driving drunk after several fatal accidents caused by drunk drivers.

According to Masiulis, the ministry is considering other measures in addition to a possible requirement for car-sharing service providers to install the so-called alcolocks that prevent a vehicle from being started if the driver is drunk.

"There were discussions about making public the names of those caught driving drunk. We have to look at the legal consequences of such a decision, but we must seek new ways (to prevent drunk-driving), because penalties alone seem to be insufficient, even though one can end up in jail," he told reporters on Monday.

A young woman was killed in Vilnius last weekend when a taxi she was in was hit by a CityBee car whose driver had 1.51 per mille of alcohol in his blood.

Masiulis underlined that the new requirements would apply to all providers of car rental services.

The minister expects to meet on Tuesday with CityBee officials to discuss the proposal regarding alcolocks.

"We'll discuss how these alcohols could be installed and if that requires amending laws. If it does, we'll table amendments," he said.

Source: BNS
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