Michigan alcohol interlock ignition device rules updated 

Posted at 8:36 AM, Mar 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-09 08:36:18-05

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder has signed bills that update state regulations on breath alcohol interlock ignition devices.

In a statement Tuesday, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson says the changes close loopholes and toughen licensing requirements for ignition interlock mechanics and businesses. She notes that drivers will know that an ignition interlock installer is certified by the state.

The legislation seeks to provide the Michigan secretary of state’s office with better oversight of the use and installation of the devices.

Some people convicted of drunken driving can get a restricted driver’s license if they use the device. The unit kills the ignition signal if a driver’s blood alcohol content is above a minimum threshold.

Michigan driving laws define drunkenness as having a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or higher.