AAA Wisconsin is getting behind a bill that would close a loophole in the state’s ignition interlock law for drunk drivers. Some convicted drunk drivers have to put one of the devices in the vehicle that they primarily drive, but they can get around it by borrowing a friend’s car. The new bill would attach the interlock requirement to the person’s driver’s license so it covers any car that they drive. View the full article here.
Regulators and the auto industry unveiled the latest steps toward developing anti-drunken-driving technology that would allow a car to detect drivers impaired by alcohol and stop them from turning on the car in what is known as the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety program. View the full article here.
The attorney general’s office has revised the form advising suspected drunken drivers of their rights in the face of legal challenges to blood-alcohol test results related to the previous version. Defense lawyers had launched challenges to chemical test results in dozens of suspected drunken-driving cases, arguing their clients were not accurately informed about the penalties they could face if they refused to take the breath test. Namely, that drivers could request a conditional “hardship” license allowing them to drive to work while their license was suspended and that they might be required to use an ignition interlock device. View the full article here.
As more states legalize recreational marijuana, they’re also looking to police people who drive while stoned. Research to create a breathalyzer for marijuana is advancing. Colorado breathalyzer company Lifeloc Technologies received a $250,000 state grant last year to develop the equivalent of a marijuana breathalyzer. Similarly, a Vancouver company called Cannabix Techologies is developing a handheld pot breathalyzer. View the full article here.
A potential new law sits on Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk that could get tougher on convicted drunken drivers. The bill requires all drunken drivers place an alcohol monitoring device in their vehicle. Currently, Texas state law requires interlocks for repeat offenders; that’s once a driver has been picked up a second time. Neighboring New Mexico adopted a similar law in 2005, requiring all offenders to install the device. This new law aims to keep them from reaching No. 2 entirely. View the full article here.