A national campaign to require first-time drunken-driving offenders to install ignition interlock devices in their cars got a boost last week. The nation’s top transportation safety experts said the best way to keep impaired drivers off the road is to make them prove they’re sober before starting their engines.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the group that rose to national prominence in the 1980s with its campaign for nationwide drunken-driving standards, hailed the recommendation from the National Transportation Safety Board as a “milestone.”

But the idea of pre-emptive sobriety tests is drawing resistance from the alcoholic beverage and restaurant industries, which worry that Breathalyzer and ignition interlock mandates for first offenders are too restrictive and would be bad for business.

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