New OWI Ignition Interlock Device Law
Wisconsin State Senator Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) has proposed a new OWI ignition interlock device law that would require any and all vehicles that a convicted drunk driver will operate to have an ignition interlock device installed. Currently, Wisconsin OWI law and DUI law in most states only require an ignition interlock device to be installed on the driver’s primary vehicle. This is where the loophole exists. A convicted drunk driver can still drive someone else’s car, a car without the device. If the driver is caught by police, only a citation is issued. Senator Wanggaard’s bill would require a convicted OWI driver to carry a special driver’s license that would only allow the driver to drive cars with ignition interlock devices installed. That means that every car in the driver’s household would have to have the device installed.