Legislators discuss tougher penalties for drunken drivers, including ignition locks

Drunken drivers could soon be forced to install an ignition lock on their car after a first offense. The victim of a drunken driving accident

The victim of a drunken driving accident testified before a State House committee Monday in support of the new rules.

The victim of a drunken driving accident testified before a State House committee Monday in support of the new rules. (12/16/13)

TRENTON - Drunken drivers could soon be forced to install an ignition lock on their car after a first offense.

The victim of a drunken driving accident testified before a State House committee Monday in support of the new rules.

Supporters say the bill is the right mix of punishment and rehabilitation. Frank Harris, of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, says an interlock teaches a driver to drive sober, which a suspension alone can’t do.

Under the bill, a second offense would mean a driver would get a restricted-use license, which could prevent them from driving except to and from work.
 

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