Governor Pawlenty proposes tougher DWI enforcement
- DWI offenders will be required to use breath activated ignition systems or face a longer period of not driving;
- The alcohol concentration limit threshold for enhanced administrative sanctions would be lowered from 0.20 to 0.15. If first time offenders choose not to use breath activated ignition systems, they will lose driving privileges for six months to a year depending on their blood alcohol concentration;
- Drivers convicted of a second DWI offense will face enhanced DWI sanctions including not being able to drive for a period of two years unless a breath activated ignition device is installed;
- Offenders with three or more DWI convictions will be required to install breath activated ignition systems for at least three years.
Governor Pawlenty said breath activated ignition systems improve public safety by making it more difficult for DWI offenders to re-offend. Research from the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation indicated breath activated ignition systems can reduce repeat DWI offenses by 45 to 90 percent.