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Hawaii ignition interlock bill signed into law

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A new law makes it tougher for people who get caught drinking and driving -- to do it again. After three years of lobbying by Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, the Ignition Interlock bill was signed into law Monday.

Anyone arrested for DUI will have to pay for a breathalizer device. They'll have to blow into it everytime they turn their ignition. It also comes with a camera to make sure it's really them. If they're over the legal limit, the engine will not start.

"And MADD would like to assure the community that this new interlock law will benefit the general public and will also help DUI offenders. The public would benefit because more impaired drivers will be kept off our road so there will be fewer crashes and there should also be fewer fatalities," Founder of MADD Hawaii, Carol McNamee said."

The measure takes effect January 1st offenders have to pay for the equipment and the monthly service charge. They have to install it on any vehicle they drive. As part of this law it'll also become a petty misdemeanor offense to refuse to submit to a breath, blood or urine test.

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