BOSTON (WWLP) – A bill on Beacon Hill hopes to keep more drunk drivers off the road. The bill would mandate that you have an ignition interlock device on your vehicle if you’ve been convicted of drunk driving.The current law allows up to two previous DUI convictions before the device has to be installed.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving says the devices have prevented drunk drivers from starting the car nearly 38,000 times since the law took effect in 2006. The devices, which measure a person’s blood alcohol content, are not foolproof, but tampering with them can get you in even more trouble.
Captain John Cartledge of the Northampton Police Department stated, “Having someone other than the registered owner of the car blow into the device is a violation of the law.” Driving a car without an interlock device when you are required to have one is another violation of the law.
25 states already have a law that requires the interlock devices after a first offense. Lawmakers seem confident they can push this bill through the legislature before the session ends on July 31st.