Alabama Lawmakers Vote in Favor of Interlock Devices for Drunk Drivers
You can huff and puff, but you'll have to bbblllooowww into this device to start your car... If you're a convicted drunk driver that is!
The Alabama House voted 98-0 Tuesday to require drunk drivers to use an ignition interlock device after their first offense.
An ignition interlock bill was passed in 2014, but it wasn't applied to those who entered pretrial diversions. That is no longer the case.
A similar law in Mississippi requires the device on the first offense. It is said that Mississippi stopped more than double the amount of drunk drivers than Alabama in 2016.
What's unclear is how the device will keep offenders from driving other people's vehicles or what happens when an offender purchases another vehicle. Will there be a code on the person's license to notify law enforcement, car rental agencies, etc. that the person is not to drive a vehicle without the interlock device?
However, it is certain that Alabama lawmakers are working towards making our roadways safer. For that, we're appreciative.