Alabama House panel passed legislation earlier this month that would
make it more difficult for people with a history of drunken driving
to get behind the wheel.
House Judiciary Committee approved a bill that would give judges
the option of requiring a person convicted of driving under the
influence to install an “ignition interlock device” in their vehicle
that prevents it from starting if the driver is legally drunk, the Gadsden Times reported.
current law, a person convicted of drunken driving for the first
time loses his or her driver’s license for 90 days. HB431, sponsored
by Rep. Priscilla Dunn, D-Bessemer, would allow the judge to permit
the person to drive with the special equipment on the vehicle.
driver would blow into the device; if his or her blood alcohol level
were too high, the vehicle wouldn’t start.