Schuitmaker receives ‘2015 Legislative Champion’ award

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker on Tuesday received the “2015 Legislative Champion” award from Mothers Against Drunk Driving for her work in crafting legislation that would regulate the installation of breath alcohol interlock ignition devices (BAIID) and implement new safety standards.

A BAIID is a type of breathalyzer that a court can order to be installed on a vehicle’s ignition panel when an individual is convicted of an alcohol related traffic violation.

Before the vehicle can be started, the driver must exhale into the device and if the blood alcohol content is above the minimum threshold, it will kill the ignition signal. Drivers are also required to intermittently be tested throughout their drive.

“Currently, the program lacks integrity and that compromises public safety,” said Schuitmaker, R-Lawton. “I will continue working to ensure that drivers with interlock devices are obeying the law and our families are safe on the road.”

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