All first-offender drunk drivers should be required to have ignition interlocks installed on their vehicles, the National Transportation Safety Board said.
An alcohol ignition interlock is a breath-testing device that a driver must blow into before starting the vehicle. If the reading exceeds a certain blood alcohol concentration level, the car doesn't start.
Only 17 states require interlocks for first-time offenders.
The board also endorsed continued development of alcohol-detection technology. The Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are working together on a project to develop non-invasive technology that could be built into new cars to prevent drunk driving.
"Technology is the game changer in reducing alcohol-related crashes on our nation's roadways," National Transportation Safety Board Chairperson Deborah A.P. Hersman said in a press statement. "Achieving zero alcohol-impaired driving-related deaths is possible only if society is willing to separate the impaired driver from the driving task."