Get drunk…get caught…..Missouri’s legislature could be fast-tracking a law that won’t let you drive again if you have booze on your breath.
The proposal says a convicted drunk driver has to do a so-called 30-day hard walk before applying for a hardship driving permit…and the permit will be granted only if an ignition interlock is installed The driver has to blow into a tube…and if the blood alcohol level is greater than point-zero-two, the car won’t start.
Spokesman Michael Bowman for the Missouri chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving says the interlock is important because police catch only about ten percent of the drunk drivers. He calls the ignition interlock "a 24-hour probation officer" that will keep once-convicted drunk drivers from driving again.
Bowman refers to drunk driving as the most frequently committed violent crime in Missouri.
The sponsor says Missouri has more than 118-thousand drivers in Missouri with multiple DWI convictions, more than 74-hundred with five or more drunk driving convictions.
Supporters say taking away the license of drunk drivers won’t keep them from driving, but a device that keeps them from starting their car will keep them off the streets.
A House committee appears ready to recommend the entire House pass the bill.