Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Fincher's Ignition Interlock Bill Advances

A proposal by State Representative Henry Fincher of Cookeville that would require people charged with drunken driving to have ignition locking devices installed in their vehicles if they have a blood alcohol level of 0.08 is advancing in the House. The measure was approved on a voice vote in the House Judiciary Criminal Practice Subcommittee on Wednesday. The proposal, supported by Mothers Against Drunk Driving in Tennessee, would mandate installations of the device regardless of whether the driver has a restricted license. A rival proposal also advancing in the House would require a person who is arrested with a blood alcohol content of 0.15 and who requests a restricted license to have one of the devices installed.