Alabama Drunk Drivers Forced to have Breathalyzer Device on Dashboard


By Heather VacLav

Effective September 1st, Alabama drivers convicted of driving under the influence will be required to have a Breathalyzer device installed on their vehicle's dashboard.

The tool is called an ignition interlock device, and it applies to people with delinquent or youthful offender DUI offenses committed on or after September 1, 2012.

Specifically, first-time DUI offenders are required to have the device installed when one of the following conditions are present: 1) BAC of 0.15 or higher, or 2) upon a refusal to provide a BAC, or 3) a child under 14 was in the car at the time of arrest or 4) a third party is injured at the time of the offense.

According to state lawmakers, the law is devised to stop people from drinking and driving. The ignition interlock device works like a Breathalyzer, so if a driver breathes into it and the Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is over a certain amount, their vehicle will not start.

Convicted drivers will also have to pay $75 a month in fines for the first four months their license is suspended.