Ala. Becomes 21st State to Pass All-Offender Ignition Interlock Legislation

By: Press Release
By: Press Release

Montgomery, AL – Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) applauds Representative Allen Farley and Senator Bill Holtzclaw for their leadership in authoring HB 381/SB 319 which will require ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers.

This includes first time offenders, with an illegal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or greater who seek to drive during a license suspension. With the passage of SB 319, Alabama becomes the 21st state to enact an all offender law.

“Today is an important day for Alabama. We are one step closer to ending the toll of drunk drivers on Alabama’s roads,” said MADD National President Jan Withers. “MADD is grateful to Representative Farley and Senator Holtzclaw for their leadership in authoring legislation improving Alabama’s drunk driving law and we thank the entire legislature for passing this important reform.”

Ignition interlock legislation is MADD’s number one legislative priority. In Alabama since 2011, ignition interlocks are required for all repeat and first-time convicted drunk drivers with a blood alcohol concentration of .15 or greater. SB 319 goes into effect in three months and helps implement the current ignition interlock law enacted in 201. More importantly, it allows any first-time convicted drunk driver with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 to .14 to drive a motor vehicle equipped with an ignition interlock for six months.

"As legislators, a lot of bills come across our desks, but rarely is there an opportunity to sponsor legislation that is all but guaranteed to save lives," said Senator Bill Holtzclaw. "I am glad to partner with MADD and I thank them for taking such a proactive role with the use of ignition interlocks. Tragically, a five year old boy was killed in my district a few years back because of a drunk driver and I will not stop fighting to stop this preventable crime."

“As a former Assistant Sheriff and volunteer in a substance abuse recovery program, I know the irrevocable damage alcohol abuse can do to families, especially those whose loved ones are killed by drunk drivers," said Representative Allen Farley. "This is a preventable crime, and I feel that ignition interlocks are a proven way to save lives and heal harmful habits. I want to thank MADD for the honor of this award, but I also thank my colleagues for keeping this important issue at the forefront of the legislative agenda,” continued Farley.

“I am proud of our accomplishment this legislative session. Expanding the use of ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers is an effective DUI countermeasure and key to saving lives on the Alabama’s roads,” continued Withers.

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