Among the methods used to combat drunk driving is mandating a person convicted of driving under the influence/driving while intoxicated install an ignition interlock device (“IID”) in his/her vehicle as a condition of restoring his/her driving privileges.This comment argues that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) has the authority to issue such a regulation; it need only be presented with a workable opportunity to do so. The present state of IID technology is a poor candidate to make this hypothetical regulation workable, but advances in Near Infrared (“near-IR”) Spectroscopy will provide the technology necessary to make a discussion of such a regulation worthwhile.

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