Bryant Says He'll Sign DUI Ignition Bill

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Gov. Phil Bryant's spokesman says the governor will sign a bill aimed at strengthening laws against drunken driving.

A national group that says it represents 80 Mississippi restaurants had urged Bryant to veto House Bill 481.

The American Beverage Institute, based in Washington, D.C., said Monday that if the bill becomes law, it would be expensive to enforce and create too much work for Mississippi probation officers.

The bill says when someone is convicted for a first-offense DUI, the person's driver's license could be suspended for 90 days, or a judge could order a 30-day license suspension and require the person to use an ignition interlock device for six months.

The device prevents a vehicle from starting if the driver has alcohol on his or her breath.

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