Rep. Debbie Dingell plans legislation to add breathalyzers to cars in honor of Abbas family

Posted at 11:41 AM, Jan 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-10 11:41:41-05

WASHINGTON (WXYZ) — Rep. Debbie Dingell, a Democrat representing Michigan's 12th district, said she plans to introduce legislation this week aimed at reducing drunk driving in honor of the Abbas family.

During a speech Thursday on the U.S. House of Representatives floor, Dingell honored the family of 5. Issam, Rima, 13-year-old Ali, 12-year-old Isabelle and 7-year-old Giselle were killed by an alleged drunk driver in Kentucky on Sunday while driving home from Florida.

According to Dingell, the legislation would add interlocking breathalyzers to all new vehicles. Those devices are breathalyzers usually attached to the ignition system of the vehicles, and require you to test your blood-alcohol content before unlocking and starting your car. If your BAC is above the legal limit, it won't allow you to start the car.

"This will stop intoxicated drivers from ever starting a vehicle and keep them off the roads. If we can keep one person from dying on the roads and make people think twice before getting behind the wheel when they shouldn’t – even when they are buzzed and think they’ll be ok – then won’t we have been successful?" she said on the house floor.

Check out her speech below.