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New drunk driving law targeting first-time offenders

A new law in Iowa will make it so first time offenders will have to have an interlock system to get a work permit.

Posted: Apr. 13, 2018 7:19 AM
Updated: Apr. 13, 2018 7:59 AM

MASON CITY, Iowa - One would think one death every 50 minutes from drinking and driving would have an effect.
Randy Fike knows what drinking and driving can lead to.
“A really good friend of mine was rear-ended on his motorcycle at a stop sign. it killed him,” Fike said.
Fike, owner of Complete Auto Repair, says he feels it could have been prevented. Now, he provides a service for those who get caught driving drunk.
“We see a lot of vehicles with connectors so that's there, it’s been there installed, that's what we see,” Fike said.
He's installing these ignition interlock systems a couple times a day.
Here's how it works:
You blow into the device and if you're above the legal limit, you won't be able to start your car. It’s used for people who still want to drive their car to work while paying for their crime of drinking drunk.
A new law in Iowa will make it so first time offenders will have to have an interlock system to get a work permit.  Iowa is the 32nd state with ignition interlock law for all drunk driving offenders, according to MADD.
“It makes awareness to them," Fike said.
The CDC reports all offender interlock systems reduce drunk driving by reoccurrences by nearly 70 percent.

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