Proposed bill could require all DWI offenders to install interlocks

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Police officers and representatives from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) were in Raleigh today, lobbying for a bill that could require all DWI offenders to have ignition interlocks installed in their vehicles.

The current law only requires interlocks for people who are repeat offenders, refused to take a breath test, or had a blood alcohol content level of above .15. The proposed bill would make it mandatory for all DWI offenders, regardless of the circumstances to have the device.

Sergeant Michael Montayne, from the Greenville Police Department said, “this technology prevents them from allowing , or allowing them to start that vehicle, which will allow them then to drive.”

While there are a lot of supporters of the bill, not everyone agrees with it.

Greenville resident, Nathan Crisp, said, “a lot of good people make mistakes the first time, and they shouldn’t be penalized for six months to a year, two years, whatever, for that mistake. I understand where they are coming from, but at the same time maybe not the first time. They should do it the second or third time.”

Statistics show that people drive at least 80 times while impaired before getting caught. There are more than 11,000 people in North Carolina that have the interlocks in their vehicles. More than 20 states already have this law established.

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