Breathalyzer Device Now Required on Cars for DUI First Offenders

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(Memphis) A new Tennessee law is supposed to make it almost impossible to drive drunk. It forces first-time DUI offenders to get an ignition interlock device, which forces a breathalyzer test before they can start their car.

The new law gives some victims and their family’s hope.

“He got killed July 29th 1995,” said Dell Russell, about her husband, Bobby.

He was hit and killed by an off-duty police officer one Saturday afternoon while working in the yard.

“It is a violent crime,” she says. “It doesn’t matter what anybody says. You might not have a gun but you have a car and it is just as powerful as that gun and it takes lives.”

Russell is grateful Tennessee passed a law that’s supposed to stop repeat drunk drivers.

The law forces first-time DUI offenders to get an ignition interlock on their car for six months. They…

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