A local high school student is pushing legislatures to pass a new law. The law would prevent first time DUI offenders from driving, without passing a breathalyzer each time they get into the car.
According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 500 people were killed in 2007 by drunk drivers. Bucks County 9th grader, Bradley Vassallo is taking it into his own hands to change that.
For the third time, Vassallo is pushing House Bill 639 with the help of State Representative Paul Clymer. The bill would require first time DUI offenders, regardless of severity, to install alcohol ignition interlocks in their vehicle. The current law only requires the device for repeat offenders. DUI offenders would also be required to pay approximately one thousand dollars for the device.
"We feel with the public saying enough is enough with those on the roads killing innocent people, then now is the time for this to come to an end," said Representative Clymer.
The American Beverage Institute is against the bill.
"By mandating breathalyzers for first time offenders, regardless of their blood alcohol level, this proposal ignores the root cause of today's drunk driving problem--hard core alcohol abusers," said Sarah Longwell, ABI spokesperson.