Thousands of Missouri drivers not complying with ignition lock law

Wednesday, September 2, 2009 | 9:44 a.m. CDT

ST. LOUIS — About 66,000 Missouri motorists with drunken driving convictions appear to be ignoring a new state law designed to keep drunk drivers off the road.

The alcohol ignition lock law took effect July 1. It requires convicted drunken drivers to get alcohol-breath-test devices for their vehicles.

KMOX/1120 AM in St. Louis reported that the state sent letters to 70,000 repeat drunk drivers informing them to get the devices. So far, only about 4,000 have obeyed the law.

Attorney Chuck Gooch of the state Department of Revenue helped draft the original bill. Gooch tells KMOX the state is powerless to force drivers to obtain the ignition locks.

Gooch expect some will try to get behind the wheel illegally without the locks. If caught, offenders could lose their license for a year.

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