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Gov. Markell to Sign Ignition Interlock Bill Wednesday

WILMINGTON, Del. - Delaware Governor Jack Markell is set to sign a bill Wednesday requiring all people convicted of drunk driving in the first state to have ignition interlock devices installed on vehicles they drive.

An ignition interlock is a device that controls the ignition and makes it impossible to start a vehicle without a clean breath sample.

The Senate passed the measure, House Bill 212, on the final day of the legislative session.

Currently in Delaware, interlock devices are required only for first offenders arrested with a blood-alcohol level of .15 or higher or who refuse to take a chemical test, and for repeat drunken drivers.

The legislation requires use of an interlock device for at least four months for a first offense.  Delaware will become the 16th state to make ignition interlocks mandatory for all convicted drunk drivers, even first-time offenders

According to AAA Mid-Atlantic, in 2013, 43 people were killed in DUI-related accidents in Delaware. Supporters say research shows ignition interlock devices are a highly effective way to combat drunk driving, reducing both DUI arrest rates and recidivism among first-time and repeat offenders.

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