Rhode Island state representative Gregg Amore is proposing a crackdown on drunk drivers. Under a bill he submitted, drivers with a DUI conviction or those who refuse a breath test would be required to have ignition interlock systems installed in their cars. The device requires a driver to submit to a breath test before starting their car.
Seventeen other states have similar laws, including Connecticut and New York.
According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, states where ignition interlock programs have significantly reduced recidivism rates.
State Representative Peter G. Palumbo, a Democrat from Cranston, has introduced legislation that would ban drivers in Rhode Island from operating a vehicle with dogs on their laps. The legislation would allow tickets to be issued at 85 dollars for a first offense, and up to 125 dollars for third and subsequent offenses.
Palumbo hopes that the legislation will help curb auto accidents that are the result of distracted driving, likening it to texting and driving. The legislation has been referred for to the House Judiciary Committee for review.