Ignition Interlock Devices for DUI offenders Bill Passes the Senate

ATLANTA (March 26, 2013) – House Bill 407, which was carried in the Senate by Sen. Butch Miller (R-Gainesville), passed the Senate today by a vote of 48 to 1. This bill requires ignition interlock devices to be installed in vehicles of DUI offenders convicted of a second offense.

“Drunk driving and other drug-related accidents claim the lives of countless individuals along Georgia’s roadways each year,” said Sen. Miller. “The passage of this bill ensures the safety of Georgia motorists and helps prevent repeat DUI offenders from committing another offense.”

Under current law, a Georgia driver’s license will remain suspended as a result of a second DUI conviction until the following requirements are met:

  • Completion of a DUI Alcohol or Drug Use Risk Reduction Program
  • Proof is provided of use and installation of an ignition interlock device

House Bill 407 requires ignition interlock devices, which are similar to breathalyzer tests administered by law enforcement, to be installed in the vehicles of repeat DUI offenders for approximately one year.

House Bill 407 now returns to the House for approval of changes made by the Senate.

For Immediate Release:
March 26, 2013

For Information Contact:
Jennifer Yarber, Interim Director
Shawna Mercer, Sr. Communications Specialist