Drunk Driving Legislation Advances in Okla.

March 28, 2005

Legislation that would require repeat drunken drivers to have alcohol detection devices installed in their vehicles before they could regain their driver’s licenses has cleared the House and now awaits action in the Oklahoma Senate.

House Bill 1304, by Rep. John Trebilcock, R-Tulsa, would require the vehicle of any person convicted of a second or subsequent offense of driving under the influence of alcohol to be outfitted with an interlock device for a 12-month period as a condition of reinstatement of a driver’s license.

The bill passed the House by a vote of 65-32.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about one-third of all drivers arrested or convicted of driving under the influence are repeat offenders.

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