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Crapo May Need To Get Ignition Lock

Though Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo likely will be required to have an ignition interlock device installed in his car after his Virginia DUI arrest, that wouldn’t have been the case in his home state of Idaho. Idaho doesn’t require the devices for first-time DUI offenders, but there’s a growing chorus of groups saying it should. Seventeen states, including Washington and Virginia, require the devices to prevent even first-time convicted drunken drivers from starting up their cars while under the influence. But Idaho requires the devices only for repeat offenders. When Idaho’s senior senator was stopped for suspected drunken driving in Alexandria, Va., on Dec. 23 after running a red light, he registered a 0.11 blood-alcohol level at the scene and a higher 0.14 level in a test taken later at the jail/Betsy Z. Russell, SR. More here.

Question: Should Idaho pass a law requiring first-time DUI offenders to install an ignition interlock device?


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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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