DWI offenders scrambling to reinstate licenses

Friday, June 12, 2009 | 12:45 p.m. CDT; updated 1:05 p.m. CDT, Friday, June 12, 2009

COLUMBIA — Missouri officials are warning repeat drunken-driving offenders that time is running out to get their licenses reinstated before a new law requires them to install a special device to start their cars.

Under the law that takes effect July 1, drivers with two or more DWI convictions will be required to install an ignition interlock device that won't let the vehicle start unless a breath sample reads 0.0 blood alcohol.

Last month the state notified 38,000 people who have two or more DWI convictions that they need to get their driving privileges reinstated before July 1 or be forced to install the interlock device.


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