House to vote to extend alcohol ignition program
Michigan lawmakers want to make permanent a pilot project that lets repeat drunken drivers get a restricted driver's license by installing a breath alcohol ignition device on their vehicle.
Legislation to extend indefinitely a 2010 law is up for a vote in the House Wednesday.
The law requires the secretary of state to issue a limited license to people who've lost their license if they participate in a sobriety court program and have an ignition interlock device. Some Michigan courts provide substance abuse treatment as an alternative to jail time.
Participants in the pilot project have been shown to comply with using the ignition devices.
The law is scheduled to expire at year's end. A restricted driver's license allows travel only to and from work, school and substance abuse programs.