MI: Michigan House approves alcohol interlock device restrictions on installers
October 23, 2015
LANSING (WKZO-AM) — The Michigan State Senate has approved a package of three bills that Republican Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker hopes will save lives by tightening the standards for who installs alcohol breath locks on cars.
They are formally called breath-alcohol interlock ignition devices and repeat drunk drivers could be required by the courts to have them installed in cars. They make a driver prove he isn’t drunk to start the car.
Schuitmaker says by requiring certified installers, and setting up penalties for those who do it improperly or take bribes to tip off the people on how to defeat the system. She says the reforms will put fewer drunks on the road.
More courts are using them, and already 8,000 are being used in Michigan. It now heads to the House for their consideration.