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House Votes To Extend Alcohol Ignition Program

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LANSING (WWJ/AP) - A pilot project that lets repeat drunken drivers get a restricted driver’s license by installing a breath alcohol ignition device on their vehicle is one step closer to becoming a permanent law.

The House on Wednesday Legislation unanimously approved legislation to indefinitely extend the 2010. The measure now moves on to the Senate.

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 to work, school and substance abuse programs.

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