Penalties Increase for Alaska DUI

On the first of the year a new law went into effect requiring motorists convicted of driving under the influence in Alaska to install an ignition interlock device if they wish to continue driving. The miniature breath testing device requires the driver to provide a breath test before starting the vehicle. If a blood alcohol content in excess of a pre-set amount, usually under .03%, the device will disable the vehicle ignition.

Alaska joins five other states in requiring ignition interlock devices for all, even first time, DUI offenders.

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