New DUI law goes into effect in Virginia
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell signed a bill into law Tuesday that will crack down on drunk driving in the state.
Under the new law, anyone convicted of a DUI, even first-time offenders, will have to install an interlock device into their car.
The device prevents a car from starting if the driver's blood alcohol content (BAC) is above .02. The offender is responsible for the cost associated with the installation and monitoring of the device.
In a statement, McDonnell said, "...Just one drunk driver on the road is unacceptable, and I hope that as we spread awareness of this law, that individuals who may otherwise consider driving impaired will be deterred by the consequences of that potentially deadly decision..."
Debbie Sauceville knows firsthand the heartbreaking hurt drunk driving can bring. Her step-daughter, Lauren, was killed in a drunk driving crash in 2004. Since then, Sauceville has worked with Mothers Against Drunk Driving and lobbied for the recently signed legislation.
"i wish there was a policeman in her path that night to stop her and then maybe she would have had the ignition interlock. Certainly would have rather paid for that than a funeral," Sauceville said.
Previously, the law only required an interlock device if the convicted driver's BAC was .15 or higher or after a second DUI conviction.