MADD pushes for more ignition interlocks in NC

Ignition interlock (WNCN)

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The Mothers Against Drunk Driving organization wants North Carolina to tighten laws on ignition interlocks.

The locks are placed in the cars of repeat DWI offenders and monitor blood alcohol levels before driving.

MADD wants lawmakers to place ignition interlocks into the cars of everyone convicted with a  DWI in North Carolina.

MADD says suspending the licenses of those convicted isn’t a punishment that works or rehabilitates.

“We know that this could be part of treatment; give them the opportunity to get back into their vehicle and drive where they need to go and attend meetings and attend treatment,” said Collen Sheehey- Church, president of MADD.

MADD said the cost is just $2 a day.

MADD wants to see bills in the House strengthening the laws improved, including House Bill 877 and the comparable Senate Bill 619.

If passed, the bill would require the ignition interlocks to be bought and installed by the user.

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