Alabama House has voted June 10 in favor of legislation that would
make it more difficult for people with a history of drunken driving
to get behind the wheel.
House Judiciary Committee approved HB431, which 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.
sponsored by Rep. Priscilla Dunn, D-Bessemer, would allow the judge
to permit the person to drive with the special equipment on the
vehicle. The driver would blow into the device; if his or her blood
alcohol level were too high, the vehicle wouldn’t start.
bill was passed on to the Senate, but no action has been taken in