Proposed bill would require first-time DUI offenders to have breathalyzer device on vehicle

Ohio H.B. 469 is set for hearing Tuesday with a possible vote scheduled. The bill, introduced in March, amends Ohio's OVI laws to require that first-time offenders of alcohol-related OVI offenses use an ignition interlock device (IID) if they are granted driving privileges. Thecurrent law allows these offenders to obtain limited driving privileges by court order, but does not require the IID. An IID is basically a breathalyzer attached to the car's ignition that will not start if too much alcohol is detected on the driver's breath. The IID would also send a report of the reading to the entity monitoring the device. Click here for the Ohio Legislative Service Commission's analysis of the bill.