HARTFORD, Conn. (WWLP) – Connecticut drivers who have their license suspended after driving under the influence now must install a breathalyzer on the ignition of their car.
The law, effective on Wednesday, applies to first time offenders; the devices used to be required after a second offense. It’s called an ignition interlock device. Drivers must blow a breath sample to start their car, and it even requires random samples as they’re driving.
“I think it’s great. People make mistakes and they deserve the opportunity to still be able to drive after the fact. They have to keep their nose clean and I don’t think there’s a way to trick that box. It is what it is,” said Dave Grimson.
According to our sister station WTNH, the law will affect up to 6,500 first time offenders and there’s no cost to taxpayers. Offenders have to pay for the devices themselves, installation costs, and fees to operate them.