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Blow and Go Could Inhibit First Time DUI Offenders

March 6th, 2008 by flanews

A proposed bill would make it harder for some first time DUI offenders to get behind the wheel. Right now Floridians who are convicted of multiple DUIs can have a machine put in their cars to keeps them from drinking and driving. The ignition interlock device requires someone who hasn’t been drinking to blow into the gadget in order to start their vehicle. The device is meant to keep people who are under the influence from starting their car. Now Representative David Simmons wants the device installed in the vehicles of some first time offenders.

“People who blow greater than a .15 on a blood alcohol test typically are persons who have a real problem with alcohol. They’re substance abusers,” said Simmons.

A bill in 2002 required the ignition interlock device to be used in the cars of people convicted of more than one DUI. Since then, DUI arrest in the state have declined.

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