According to WALB, Georgia lawmakers are considering proposed legislation that would require a first-time DUI offender to install an ignition interlock device in their car that would prevent them from driving while under the influence of alcohol.
The device requires a driver to blow into it, and the car will not start if more than a low-threshold level of alcohol is detected in the driver's system. The device also requires the driver to continue to be tested every 2 to 20 minutes while driving.
The American Beverage Institute is against requiring the devices for first-time DUI offenders because they say it punishes people too harshly for one mistake. The ABI opposes the first-time DUI punishment, but also because they believe it is an incremental push by groups like MADD to eventually have the devices installed in all vehicles, which they don't want.
According to WALB, the ABI opposes the devices becoming standard equipment in cars because it would prevent people from driving after just having a beer at a baseball game or a glass of wine with dinner.
In Georgia, the devices are already required for those convicted of repeat DUI offenses. The proposed legislation will not pass the Georgia legislature this year, but it is making its way through. So far, it has passed a state Senate committee.