MADD, sheriff push bill that strengthens NC’s DWI laws

Sheriff Donnie Harrison of Wake County (WNCN)

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Memorial Day weekend is expected to be the most deadly holiday on the roads since 2009.

With that in mind, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and some law enforcement officers are calling for the passage of House Bill 877, which would strengthen North Carolina’s DWI laws.

Under the law, all convicted drunk drivers would be required to have ignition interlock devices in their cars. The mechanism is like a breathalyzer, where the car won’t start if the driver is impaired.

“It’s proven that 50-75 percent of the people that are driving, that were convicted, are still driving,” Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said. “It’s time to for the legislatures, and the politicians, to get off their butt – I will just go ahead and tell you like it is – and say ‘hey, we’re going to do something about it.'”

The device would cost $2.50 a day, and the Mothers Against Drunk Driving would like to see it in each offenders’ car for about a year.

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