The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility is happy to announce that the Alabama State Legislature has passed HB 361, the Matthew John Dahl DUI Prevention Act, requiring interlocks for high BAC and repeat DUI offenders. If enacted, this legislation will make Alabama the 50th and final state to implement some type of ignition interlock law.
In Alabama, 66% of the alcohol-impaired driving fatalities involved a driver with a BAC of .15 or higher according to 2009 fatal crash data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
HB 361 would require interlocks for all repeat DUI offenders plus those convicted of a first offense involving a BAC of .15 or higher, BAC test refusal, a child passenger, or injury to someone besides the offender.
The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility worked hard to support this bill along with Smart Start, MADD, Chiefs of Police, Sheriffs, the Department of Public Safety and legislative leadership. We urge Governor Bentley to sign HB 361 this week.