State Representative Seeks Ignition Interlock Expansion
By Jason Lamb
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The saying "if you booze, you loose" may soon mean more than ever, if a bill introduced in the state legislature becomes law.
In Tennessee, if you receive a second DUI, or your blood alcohol level measures more than .15 -- almost twice the legal limit -- the state requires you to get an interlock device installed in your car.
It's something that measures the alcohol on your breath and prevents the car from starting if it detects any.
State Representative Tony Shipley (R-Kingsport) is trying to pass a bill that forces even first time DUI offenders to have the device installed, no matter how far over the legal limit they were when they were caught.
"If that works, statistically there will be 300 people alive next year that otherwise would be killed by a drunk driver," said Shipley.
Senator Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet has filed a companion bill in the state Senate.