A bill cutting the time a DUI interlock device must be used in Arizona before starting a car is making its way through the Legislature.
Arizona requires first-time offenders use the device for a year to determine if a driver is drunk before a car will start.
Glendale Sen. Linda Gray’s bill cuts the time from a year to six months. Gray says six months is a long enough punishment.Rep. David Burnell Smith of Scottsdale has introduced a bill eliminating the ignition-interlock requirement for first time offenders altogether.
Smith is a lawyer who defends clients arrested for DUI. He tells The Arizona Republic the devices are financially unfair to those convicted of a first offense.
Gray’s bill has already cleared the Senate and now heads to the House for consideration.