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New law brings stricter rules for drunk drivers

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

On Wednesday, a new law designed to crack down on drunk drivers goes into effect.

Anyone who gets caught drinking and driving will be stuck wasting a lot of time and money just to turn a car key.

Ignition locks will soon become more common in Connecticut because the new law will require drunk drivers to use them for at least six months after getting their license back.

April Black said she approves of the new law after her cousin and friends were killed by a drunk driver.

The law is designed to make sure first time convicted drunk drivers never make the same mistake again.

"It's not too strict. I think we should be safe,” Black said.

Andres Ayala, commissioner for the state's Department of Motor Vehicles, said the law is about the state taking drunk driving very seriously.

“It's our job here at the department to ensure that we carry out what the will is of the legislature and the governor,” Ayala said.

The new law requires drunk drivers to pay for the ignition lock, which is a machine that prevents drivers from turning the key if they blow more than a 0.05, which is about 30 percent of the legal limit.

"The implications of this law are very extreme and people might find themselves in a bad situation if they decide to make a bad choice,” Ayala said.

The new law will only affect the DMV system and won't impact any criminal case.

Installing and maintaining an ignition lock for six months can cost nearly $1,000.

Another change set to take effect on Wednesday is that liquor stores will be allowed to stay open an hour later.

On Monday through Saturday they can be open until 10 p.m. and on Sunday they can be open until 6 p.m.

The state has also expanded the amount of liquor licenses each person is allowed to have.

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