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Drivers convicted of DUI now required to use interlock system

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Posted at 5:44 PM, Jun 29, 2012
and last updated 2012-06-29 20:13:23-04

To keep drunk drivers off the street, lawmakers are requiring everyone who is convicted of a DUI to buy an ignition interlock system beginning July 1st.

Shelley from Virginia Beach says, “I’m freaked out that people actually get behind the wheel when their vision is impaired and you are that wobbly.”

So how does the system work?

A driver blows through a machine, and if it registers above .02, the car won’t start.

And there’s no way of cheating it by having someone else blow into the machine.

It requires random breath tests during the drive.

It's something Kaye Walsh supports. She lost her daughter to a drunk driver in 1997.

She hopes this new punishment will keep families from going through the same pain they did.

Walsh adds, “There hasn’t been a word created yet to describe what it’s like to lose a child.“