Use of car's ignition device triples in year - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Use of car's ignition device triples in year

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NEW LONDON, CT (AP) -

Use of ignition interlock devices by motorists convicted of drunken driving has tripled since shortly before a state law took effect in 2012 requiring first-time DUI offenders to have the device installed if they want to drive.

The Day of New London reports that 2,698 people in the state currently use such a device in their cars. The device is wired to the car's ignition and requires a breath sample before the car will start.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving is pushing for the device for all convicted drunken drivers and intends to reintroduce state legislation at the 2014 legislative session.

There were 3,773 convictions for DUI in 2012. That does not include first-time offenders who essentially get their cases dismissed after completing the pre-trial alcohol education program.

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