Alabama ignition interlock program on hold


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — More than a year after ignition interlock devices became a requirement for certain DUI offenders, Alabama has yet to implement a program to install the devices on their vehicles.

The interlock devices are meant to prevent a person previously convicted of driving under the influence from starting their car if their blood-alcohol level is .02 percent or higher, although a blood-alcohol level of .08 is the benchmark for a DUI charge.

Alabama Office of Courts spokesman Scott Hoyem told the Montgomery Advertiser ( ) implementation of the program is on hold because of funding concerns.

Brent Buchannan, of government affairs company Engage South, says offenders are required to pay $75 monthly for the devices. He says the state's law is unclear on where revenue from that fee should be allocated.


Information from: Montgomery Advertiser,

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