Editorial: DUI Legislation

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - It took a while to get Alabama on this dance floor but finally we are there. Governor Robert Bentley this month signed into law House Bill 361, the Matthew John Dahl DUI Prevention Act.

With his signature, Governor Bentley makes Alabama the 50th state to enact an ignition interlock law. No high fives for being last on this potentially life-saving law.

The new law, which will take effect September 1, 2011, requires repeat DUI offenders and those convicted with a blood alcohol content of .15 or greater to have an ignition interlock in their car.

Cars or trucks equipped with this device will not start unless the breath of the driver is below the allowable limit. You will have to "blow before you go."

It's a shame that we need technology to keep people from doing the wrong thing especially when they have been caught before and know the deadly ramifications of their actions.

But that's the world we live in and we are glad we have this law and device now in place to be the conscious of those making bad decisions.

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