Lawmaker Targets Reducing Drunk Driving Offenses

(WLNS) – A package of bills aimed at cutting down the number of drunk driving offenses is now in front of a State Senate committee.

The bills, introduced by Senator Tonya Schuitmaker, would require manufacturers of breath alcohol interlock ignition devices to be certified each year by the state. Manufacturers would also be required to increase service centers in Michigan.

Interlock devices are a form of breathalyzer that is installed on a vehicle’s ignition panel. The driver must breathe into the device before the vehicle can be started. If the blood alcohol level is too high the ignition is shut off.

Sen. Schuitmaker says the interlock devices do the job of preventing people from driving with alcohol in their systems, but there is not enough oversight to ensure they are being used properly.

The three-bill package would also require the installation, maintenance and removal of the interlock devices be only done at licensed auto repair facilities.

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