Governor signs ignition interlock bill

Governor signs ignition interlock bill

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NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee's ignition interlock law will apply to more drunken drivers under legislation signed by Gov. Bill Haslam.

Currently, ignition-locking devices, which force drivers to pass breath tests to start vehicles and keep them running, are required for DUI offenders whose blood alcohol level topped 0.15%.

This bill drops the level to the intoxication threshold of 0.08% and would require first-time offenders to get the devices. In turn, those convicted of DUI won't get a restricted driver's license and will be allowed to drive anywhere.

The measure was unanimously approved 95-0 in the House and 31-0 in the Senate.

It was sponsored by Republican Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet and Republican Rep. Tony Shipley of Kingsport.

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