MADD president seeks expanded use of ignition interlock

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The national leader of a public safety group says requiring more people convicted of drunken driving to have ignition interlock equipment in their vehicles would save more lives and reduce repeat offenders.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving President Colleen Sheehey-Church and other activists joined legislators Tuesday at the Legislative Building supporting passage of bills expanding its use.

Motorists blow into a device to prove they have not been drinking before starting a car. Equipment is installed on cars belonging to repeat DWI offenders or first-time offenders with blood-alcohol content of 0.15 percent.

Tuesday’s speakers want equipment mandated on vehicles of all convicted drunk drivers who test at least 0.08 percent. The equipment has halted about 15,000 ignition starts by people blowing at least .08 percent in North Carolina since 2007.

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