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“Puff-and-go” bill advances

An ignition interlock measure for DUI offenders has passed its second reading in the House of Delegates.

The bill would require all first-time DUI offenders to equip their vehicles with breath-testing machines for six months, reports The Virginian-Pilot. The ignition interlock device prevents a vehicle from starting if it registers a BAC higher than .02.

The machines are currently required for a second DUI offense, first offenders with a BAC of 0.15 or higher or offenders who violate terms of a restricted license.

A similar bill did not make it through the Senate last year.

By Sarah Rodriguez

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