House committee approves bill expanding use of breath-activated ignition locks in DWI convictionsby Tim Pugmire, Minnesota Public Radio
St. Paul, Minn. — A Minnesota House committee has approved a bill that would expand the use of breath-activated ignition locks for those convicted of drunken driving.
The measure, which is supported by Governor Pawlenty, would require all convicted DWI offenders to install the technology needed to prove that they're sober behind the wheel.
During a committee hearing Tuesday, DFL Representative Michael Paymar of St. Paul said he's concerned the ignition locks would punish entire families. Paymar wants offenders to have an option to use other devices.
"So this would allow other technologies to be used besides just the ignition interlock that would be just as effective, but would only really I guess punish, if you will, or hold accountable that offender who got the DWI," Paymar said.
The ignition lock bill as several more committee stops ahead. A similar bill is advancing in the Minnesota Senate.