MADD, the nations largest drunk driving victim advocacy group, announced new proposed enhancements to Florida DUI laws. The law would require anyone convicted of drunk driving with a .105% Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) to have an ignition interlock device installed in his or her vehicle. A level of .105 is just above the .08 legal limit for drunk driving in Florida.
An ignition interlock device requires the driver to blow into an alcohol detecting device in order to start his vehicle. If the device detects any (.02 BAC) alcohol in his breath, the car ignition will not start, and a violation will be logged.
Ignition interlock device driver’s license restrictions are increasingly popular for those with drunk driving convictions, particularly in the case of multiple offenders with chronic alcohol addition problems. The interlock device allows a person to drive under normal, unimpaired, circumstances, and therefore doesn’t restrict his ability to drive to work and make a living.
Previous incarnations of proposed new Florida DUI laws have included high BAC levels with an ignition interlock requirement at a .15 BAC, almost twice the legal limit of intoxication.