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Lawmakers Plan To Discuss Bill For Ignition Interlock Systems For Drunk Drivers
Updated December 13, 2015 8:28 AM | Filed under: Politics
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(INDIANAPOLIS) - Lawmakers plan to discuss the problem of repeat drunk drivers this legislative session, including a bill that would improve the ignition interlock system in Indiana.

Sen. Dennis Kruse (R-Auburn) says he will file legislation this session aimed at "cleaning up" the ignition interlock process for drunk drivers.

The device requires you to blow into a mouthpiece before starting your vehicle. Right now, there's no Indiana law requiring the breathalyzers be installed on a convicted drunk driver's car. It's up to each court and judge to decide whether to order an ignition interlock.

Under his bill, the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute would be in charge of ignition interlocks, and would adopt rules aimed at installation and removal, maintenance and security.

Last session Kruse introduced legislation that would have required an ignition interlock for drivers who drove drunk with children in the car. However, the bill failed to get a hearing.

Kruse says fellow lawmakers were reluctant to hear the legislation because the state recently rolled out major revisions to the criminal code for the first time in 30 years.

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