Senators are working on bill to require first-time DUI offenders to have breathalyzers installed in their vehicles for six months. The cost to the offender would be $100 per month for the device.
Under current state law, repeat offenders already must have the dashboard devices installed in their vehicles. Drivers must exhale into the device which analyzes the driver’s breath-alcohol content before starting the motor.
Wednesday, a Senate subcommittee began talks on the bill which is sponsored by Sen. Joel Lourie, D-Richland. They did not vote. More discussion is expected next week.
-- Gina Smith