(STATEHOUSE) Feb. 23, 2009 - Rep. Cleo Duncan (R-Greensburg) and the Indiana House unanimously passed legislation today aimed at preventing future drinking and driving accidents.
House Bill 1020, authored by Rep. Duncan, gives judges the option to mandate first offenders convicted of operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OWI) with at least a .15 blood alcohol limit or repeat offenders to use ignition interlock devices, along with having a probationary driver's license.
"These devices are proven to be effective in decreasing the amount of drunk drivers and accidents caused by drunk drivers," said Duncan. "Other states are using them and have seen as much as a 60-90 percent decrease in repeat offenses."
The ignition interlock devices are used to prevent drinking and driving.
Drivers have to blow into the device and it detects whether or not the driver has been drinking. If the driver has not been drinking, the vehicle starts. If the driver has been drinking, even one drink, the vehicle does not start.
The person using the ignition interlock device will be required to pay for the device.
"The devices cost less than what they would be paying for a drink a day."
Rep. Duncan encourages constituents to contact her with questions or concerns through e-mail at email@example.com, by calling the Statehouse at 1-800-382-9841 or by writing her at the Statehouse, 200 W. Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204.