First time drunk drivers could have ignition interlock devices installed in their vehicles, under bill being proposed by state lawmaker. It’s a fairly straightforward measure from Milwaukee Senate Democrat, Chris Larson. Get busted for first time drunk driving, and do this for a year.
“Any time the want to get in the car and go for a ride, they would have to blow into this device to start the car, and then anywhere from 5 to 25 minutes, there would be an intermittent test to make sure that they are still 100% sober,” Larson said.
The drunk drivers would pay for the devices themselves, at a cost of about $1000 annually. Larson said that 20 years after one of his high school classmates was killed by a drunk driver, Wisconsin’s drunk driving laws remain “woefully inadequate.”