Teen killed by non-impaired driver taking court-ordered breathalyzer test while driving

ARLINGTON, Texas — A Texas teen was killed after she was struck by a non-impaired driver who was taking a court-ordered breathalyzer test moments before the collision, according to KXAS.

On November 10, 18-year-old Alexis Butler was backing her car out of a driveway when the passenger side of her car was hit by a pickup truck. She died from her injuries on Friday.

The driver admitted to not seeing Butler’s car after looking down “for three to four seconds” to perform a court-ordered breathalyzer test.

The device, known as an ignition interlock, prevents a vehicle from starting if the driver has been drinking alcohol.

“It’s very concerning to us, as a police department, that an individual may be operating some type of ignition equipment while they’re in a moving vehicle,” Lt. Chris Cook told KXAS.

Police say the driver was not impaired at the time of the crash.

“Number one thing we’ll look at is tracking down the original court order to read exactly what it said,” Lt. Cook told KXAS. “And more importantly for us, as a police department, is to determine what the manufacturer recommendation is as far as the guidelines in how to operate this type of equipment.

The truck driver was not injured in the crash.

14 comments

  • cheap tightwad

    If a driver does not breath into the equipment it will shut down the vehicle. That will cause the steering wheel to lock like when you shut off you car after parking it. Also you loose the use of powered brakes as when you stall when driving. Very dangerous equipment.

    • Not my real name

      That’s not how it works. If you fail to breathe into the interlock device or you fail, meaning the device detects alcohol, it will lock the device and the next time you try to start the vehicle it will not start. You will have to have it serviced by whoever installed the device at your expense and in order to do that you have to have the vehicle towed to that location also at your expense. Sometimes the devices read a false detection of alcohol or you fail because you just didn’t breathe properly. If the latter is the case and you get too many of those it will lock the device and you will have to go through the same lockout procedure at your expense.

    • Sue

      and your point is???? i was taught to have your vehicle under control at all times. what if that was a child that ran out instead of a car backing out of a driveway? Having control of your vehicle means NOT messing around with electronic devices while driving. The story stated he was looking at a breathalyzer device WHILE driving. Those are designed to keep the vehicle from starting if the driver is impaired so why testing while already on the road???

      • Unfortunate

        The point is that she was at fault for backing out in front of the other driver. You can play the “What if” game all day but it changes nothing. He had the right of way.

      • Dana

        Those interlock systems have to be periodically breathed into while the vehile is being operated (to ensure the driver wasnt sober at first AND THEN drank) in this case the driver took his eyes off the road to perform the breathalyzer and hit the victim…. Hence the accident. Which is a very good point, if we cant text and drive, use phones and drive, someone who is assumed to be driving under the influence should not be then operating a sophisticated electronic device while driving…. I never thought of that.

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