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Ignition Interlock Bill OK’d By Budget Subcommittee Under Shipley’s Guidance

Press Release from Rep. Tony Shipley, R-Kingsport; April 28, 2010:

(April 28, 2010, NASHVILLE) – Representative Tony Shipley (R-Kingsport) today successfully moved landmark ignition interlock legislation forward by moving it out of the Budget Subcommittee. The bill will require certain DUI offenders to use an ignition interlock system, in which users must ‘blow’ below a certain blood alcohol content (BAC) level to turn on their vehicle. Although the bill hit some initial roadblocks, Representative Shipley has been working with his colleagues from both sides of the aisle to hammer out a proposal.

“I am pleased that the ignition interlock legislation was approved by the House Budget Subcommittee. I have been working on this legislation for over a year, and I am committed to seeing it through to the end,” said Representative Shipley. “Ignition interlock devices have proven very successful in other states, and I am glad we are moving forward with it in Tennessee.”

After realizing there was not current legislation filed to address the need for our State to have interlock Rep. Shipley filed the bill last year. The bill requires anyone convicted of a DUI with a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of .15 or higher to use the ignition interlock device (IID). Ignition interlock devices have been implemented around the country, and tests the driver’s BAC level. If it is above the set limit, the car will not start.

“This legislation is very important to me, and it was one of the first things I filed when I arrived on Capitol Hill,” said Representative Shipley. “So many people have spent a lot of time working on this issue, and I am grateful for the support and time that was put into it,” he continued. “This bill will save lives.”

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