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WI lawmaker pushes for changes to ignition interlock program

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Wisconsin (WQOW) - A state senator wants lawmakers to close a loophole for convicted drunk drivers.

In many cases, judges require they install ignition interlock devices (IID) in their cars which ensures the vehicle won't start if there is alcohol in their system.

Senator Van Wanggaard of Racine says people have been getting around the requirement by transferring the vehicle title to someone else.

His bill would attach the IID requirement to the person's driver's license rather than the registered vehicle.

It would also raise the maximum penalty for not installing an IID from $200 to $600 with the chance for six months in jail.

The bill was approved by the Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety and is awaiting a full Senate vote.

You can read the bill in its entirety here.

Stephen Kelley

Stephen Kelley joined the News 18 team in August 2006. He is currently the Executive Producer.

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