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Limited driving allowed for 1st-time DWI offenders
Ross MacNaughton, manager of Lethal Sound in Manchester, demonstrates a handheld breath analyzer that is being installed into a car. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
House Bill 496 establishes a restricted license for first-time, drunk-driving offenders after they have had their license suspended for 60 days or more. The bill, sponsored by House Majority Leader Stephen Shurtleff, D-Concord, is similar to laws in 20 other states, including Maine.
The bill will be reviewed by the Senate Finance Committee before a final vote.
To participate in the program, a driver would have to pay for an enhanced ignition interlock device that prevents a vehicle from starting if the person has alcohol on his or her breath.
“Drunk driving deaths are 100 percent preventable, and reducing the number of drunk driving fatalities in New Hampshire begins with strengthening the state’s drunk driving laws,” said MADD National President Jan Withers in a statement. “MADD calls on lawmakers to pass our number-one legislative priority: ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers”
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