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DUI penalties rise today in Alabama, interlock required on second offense

As of today, Alabamians facing a second DUI will now have to install an ignition interlock device on their vehicle.

According to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, the ignition interlock device disables the vehicle if alcohol is detected on the driver’s breath.

Sen. Jim McClendon, R-Springville, sponsored the bill and the application begins today, July 9.

On the first offense, the driver will have the voluntary election of the ignition interlock if the blood alcohol content is less than .15 percent. Anything higher results in the mandatory installation of the ignition interlock.

For subsequent offenses, the ignition interlock is mandatory for anything over .08 percent.

The installation of the interlock technology comes after completing a period of driver’s license revocation. As the offenses pile up, the number of days without a driver’s license increases. Any violation of the mandated ignition interlock extends the duration of the interlock by six months.

Violations include: breath samples at or above a minimum blood alcohol content of .02 recorded more than four times a month; tampering, circumventing or bypassing the ignition interlock device; and failure to comply with the servicing or calibration requirement that occurs every 30 days.

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