WV Interlock Law Unlikely To Change This Year

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia lawmakers are unlikely to endorse a bill that would require vehicle interlocks for everyone convicted of drunken driving offenses.

West Virginia University Law School student Jennifer Tampoya proposed the legislation last week.

But Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Jeff Kessler says a law that expanded interlock devices to first-time offenders with especially high blood alcohol levels should be allowed time to work first.

That law took effect in June, and interlock usage is up 30 percent since.

The devices block cars from starting if a driver's blood alcohol level is above the legal limit.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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