This article suggests that there has been no movement in the Legislature in pushing forward the “Extreme Drunk Driving” bill. The bill would require ignition interlock devices on anyone convicted of a drunk driving OWI charge who registered a .15 BAC or almost twice the legal limit for alcohol consumption while driving. If passed, a person with a first offense OWI conviction and a high BAC would serve a 45 day license suspension, followed by a 1 year requirement for an ignition interlock device monitoring alcohol on the breath in a person’s car.
There is resistance both by Michigan’s Secretary of State who is concerned it might weaken OWI laws, presumably because it actually tries to change behavior rather than issue punishment.
In support of the bill are MADD and the Michigan Ignition Interlock Providers, who stand to make hundreds of thousands of dollars installing more devices, thanks to the legal mandate.