Sunday, April 18, 2010

Ignition Interlock Bill Up For Debate Again

The debate over Ignition Interlocks for DUI offenders continues this week in the state House of Representatives. A bill requiring the devices is headed for a vote in the state Senate Monday night, but the legislation has stalled in the House because of competing bills from two different lawmakers. Representative Henry Fincher of Cookeville is sponsoring one that has the support of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Representative Tony Shipley of Kingsport is the sponsor of the other bill. Fincher’s legislation would mandate interlocks for all first-, second- and third-time DUI offenders. His bill would also mandate an alternative form of monitoring, either an in-home device or a continuous alcohol monitoring ankle bracelet, for any offender who claims not to have a vehicle, according to MADD. Both are scheduled to be heard this week before the House budget subcommittee.