Friday, November 27, 2015

New York passes stricter DWI penalties

New legislation to reduce drunk driving among repeat violators through the use of ignition interlock devices (IID), has been signed into New York law.

The new law allows judges the discretion of extending the use of a mandatory interlock device when an individual has a high probability of repeatedly driving under the influence. Previously, the device could only be ordered for certain convictions of New York’s DWI laws.

An IID is an apparatus that is similar to a breathalyzer and is often attached to the ignition system of a motor vehicle as a condition of probation stemming from traffic-related infractions. The vehicle can only be started if the driver blows into the ignition interlock and his or her blood alcohol content (BAC) is below the legal limit of .08 BAC.

The measure was introduced by Republican New York State Senator Michael Nozzolio, and passed unanimously in both the Senate and Assembly.

For more information on the new law, click here.