Lee County drivers weigh in on Alabama's new DUI law

Lee County drivers weigh in on Alabama's new DUI law

LEE COUNTY, AL (WTVM) -  Lee County drivers are saying a new law in Alabama is potentially lifesaving. The legislation tackles drunk driving and repeat offenders.

Alabama Republican State Senator Jim McClendon is the sponsor of Alabama's new DUI law, which says if you get a DUI, you will have to install an ignition interlock device after your first offense if you want to drive again.

"We've got clear-cut evidence from other states on the first offense is when it becomes effective in reducing recidivism, reducing repeat offenders.," said Senator McClendon.

Senator McClendon said the new law closes the loopholes of the previous law.

Now, there are no longer methods offenders can take to avoid installing an interlock device.

The interlock device will test the driver's breath,  if they are drunk, the car will not start.

Dean Cosby lives in Smiths Station and says she has family and friends previously affected by DUI incidents. Cosby hopes this law will put a stop to impaired driving.

"I think it would save lives... If they are drunk they aren't going to be able to start the car,": said Cosby.

Robert Harvey believes it shouldn't have to come to drivers putting a device in the car – Harvey says simply don't drink and drive.

"Its good to have the law… it shouldn't have to come to you putting something in your car," said Harvey.

Authorities echo the message from drivers,  simply don't drink and drive and you won't find yourself dealing with the new DUI law.

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