Alabama is 21st state to pass ignition interlock law

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Alabama Governor Robert Bentley has signed into a law that a measure that seeks to make Alabama roads safer. The law takes another stance against drunk driving.

Alabama is the 21st state to adopt this specific law, which makes getting behind the wheel after you'd had a DUI a little more difficult.

Since 2011, the ignition interlock system has been an option for offenders if a judge would allow it. It used to be for those who had a blood alcohol level of 0.15 at the time of arrest, but this new law has lowered that level to 0.08.

Here's how the device works. It's hooked up to a past offender's vehicle, and whenever they get in the car, they have to blow into the device. The device then measures the air sample and if the driver blows 0.08 or higher, the car will not start.

This is an option available for offenders to choose instead of having their license suspended.

The driver must pay for the device.

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