States Consider Tougher DUI Laws

This week, two states considered enacting tougher DUI legislation that aims to prevent repeat drunk driving offenses. In Ohio, the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Ellen Jan Kleinerman reported that a breath-alcohol test is now mandatory for all suspected drunk drivers that have previous DUI convictions – 33,000 drivers in Ohio have five or more, according to Ohio Department of Public Safety records. Kleinerman wrote that prior to the passing of the new law many drivers refused the breath test, even though it meant an automatic suspension of their license. In Texas, Jessica Meyers of the Dallas Morning News reported that lawmakers may implement a number of changes to the state’s DUI laws: one of the changes would lift the state ban on sobriety checkpoints, and the other would require all first-time DUI offenders to install alcohol ignition interlocks in their vehicles. While Texas law already contains a provision for ignition interlocks, the proposed change would close loopholes that delay installation of the devices. Meyers noted that Texas is one of only 11 states that prohibit sobriety checkpoints, and Texas Rep. Linda Harper-Brown said that checkpoints are on the books in neighboring states such as Louisiana and New Mexico. Ignition interlocks are specific tools that lawmakers can use to stop repeat offenders – read more about them here. Texas and Ohio are targeting the right group with these new laws – drunk drivers, and not young people who could learn to drink responsibly if given the chance.

2 Responses to “States Consider Tougher DUI Laws”

  1. Corey Says:

    The American Beverage Institute wouldn’t like that. We need to enforce our current laws we have and catch the most dangerous drivers like Candy Lightner says. But ignition interlocks for hardcore alcoolics convicted of drunk driving will help and make sure we set the breathalyzer at the legal limit.

  2. gino Says:

    I think people just need to be more aware of the damages a DUI can do to them. Increasing insurance rates is just the beginning. It is a long haul of just bad reputation.