Connecticut new drunk driving bill

Photo courtesy: MGNonline
Photo courtesy: MGNonline

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – People charged with drunken driving in Connecticut could soon be required to install blood-alcohol testers in their vehicles, even if they’ve never been convicted.
First-time offenders can go through a diversion program without going to court and being convicted. But a bill that awaits the governor’s signature would now require first-time offenders to pay for, and get, an ignition interlock device linked to their vehicle’s ignition system.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving says the legislation closes a loophole in Connecticut’s law by requiring thousands more offenders to use the devices. The group contends they are more effective at combating drunken driving than license suspensions.
Currently, Connecticut and 21 other states require ignition interlocks after a first conviction for driving under the influence. But Connecticut and some other states allow first-time offenders to get their records erased after meeting certain conditions such as completing alcohol education.

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