Monday, June 5, 2006
Michigan lawmakers are going on offense against the state's worst drunken drivers, pushing two measures aimed at cracking down on repeat or extremely drunk offenders.
One proposal seeks to abolish the practice of wiping convicted drunken drivers' records clean if 10 years have passed since their last offense. The second measure targets people caught driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.15 or above and calls for offenders to undergo mandatory alcohol treatment and to use an in-car device called an ignition interlock that checks their body for alcohol every time they get behind the wheel for one year.
Both proposals are aimed at reducing the number of repeat offenders in Michigan, estimated at one-third of the people annually convicted. More. . . [Mark Godsey]