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Bill would cut DUI interlock use time in Arizona

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.

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