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A new DUI law passed in Tennessee will force those convicted of a first-offense DUI to install ignition interlock devices in their cars in order to drive. The ignition interlock is a breath test device that will keep a car from starting if a driver registers a blood alcohol content of 0.02 or greater.
Tennessee is the 18th state in the nation to pass such a DUI law. A similar DUI law is being debated by South Carolina legislatures. Representatives from Mothers Against Drunk Driving say states with similar DUI legislation have seen a 30 percent reduction in DUI fatalities. The DUI law is designed to thwart the repeat offender.
South Carolina may soon see a similar DUI law passed. The costs of installation and monitoring of the ignition interlock devices would be bourne largely by the driver convicted of DUI. The device photographs the driver taking the test and will snap photos periodically while the car is moving. Any high breath readings are reported to law enforcement.