Bryant signs bill for DUI ignition device

By NEMS Daily Journal

JACKSON – Gov. Phil Bryant has signed into law legislation that will require some people convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol to install an ignition-interlock device on their vehicle in order to drive.
An ignition-interlock would require the driver to blow into the device and if the person’s blood-alcohol level was above the calibrated limit, it would prevent the vehicle from starting.
Under the legislation sent to Bryant, for a first-offense DUI, a person could have his license reinstated after 30 days, upon completion of an alcohol safety class, instead of after 90 days. But the person would have to have the ignition-interlock device installed. On subsequent DUI charges, the device would have to be installed for longer periods of time.