It’s important to do all we can to keep our families safe on the road.
I introduced legislation that would create oversight for manufacturers and servicers of breath alcohol interlock ignition devices (BAIID). These devices help prevent drinking and driving behind the wheel by measuring the blood alcohol content of the driver before the vehicle can be started. The car will not start if the level is above the minimum threshold.
More than 8,000 devices have been installed in the past three years alone as part of court-ordered sentencing programs. This legislation aims to improve public safety by requiring photo capable devices. At the time a breath sample is collected, a photo is taken to ensure the sample is provided by the driver and not a passenger or passerby. Furthermore, the reforms will establish new guidelines and regulations to ensure the devices are properly installed and serviced, preventing individuals from manipulating or misusing them.
Senate Bills 176 and 357 and House Bill 4980 were passed by the House Judiciary Committee and are now before the full House of Representatives for consideration.