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Sen. Rafferty sponsors bill directed at first time DUI offenders

Published: Tuesday, October 04, 2011

By JENNIFER CARBONI
jcarboni@journalregister.com
Times-Herald

HARRISBURG – Local law enforcement leaders are fans of proposed state legislation that would require first-time DUI offenders to install a breath-alcohol content gauge in their vehicle.

Currently, offenders convicted of their second DUI are required to install the ignition interlock system in their vehicles. The system requires the offender to breathe into the equipment and prevents offenders from starting their vehicles if their breath-alcohol content is higher than 0.025 percent.

Senate Bill 1184 would require first-time DUI offenders to use the same equipment, which users must also breathe into while driving to ensure the offender is not drinking and driving. The system is designed to shut off the vehicle if the driver’s breath-alcohol content exceeds 0.025 percent.
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