Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Lawmakers Debate Ignition Interlock Devices

Tennessee lawmakers are trying to agree on legislation that would require people who are charged with drunk driving to have ignition interlock devices installed in their vehicles. One bill sponsored by Representativce Tony Shipley of Kingsport, would require a person arrested with a blood alcohol content of 0.15, and who requests a restricted driver's license, to have one of the devices installed. But a measure sponsored by Representative Henry Fincher of Cookeville would mandate that a person with a BAC of 0.08 get a device regardless of whether they have a restricted license. Shipley was asked to delay his bill in the House Criminal Practice and Procedure subcommittee on Wednesday so lawmakers can further study the measure.