New Drunk Driving Law
The act increasing penalties for drunk drivers in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, also known as "Melanie's Law", went into effect on October 28, 2005. The purpose of this law is to enhance the penalties and administrative sanctions for "Operating under the influence (OUI) of alcohol offenders in Massachusetts
Ignition Interlock Device Requirement
Starting January 1, 2006, any driver with a second or subsequent OUI offense who is eligible for a hardship license or for license reinstatement will be required to have an ignition interlock device attached to "Any vehicle the driver owns, leases or operates (including an employer's vehicle) at the drivers expense. These drivers will be identified with a "Z" restriction on their license.
Must use the device for the life of the hardship license and for two additional years after the license has been reinstated.
Must use the device for two years. This two year period is mandatory.
What is an Ignition Interlock Device?
An Ignition Interlock Device is a handheld breath-alcohol monitoring device that is electronically connected to the vehicle's ignition. A driver is required to take and pass a breath test before the vehicle will start and take re-tests while operating the vehicle. Any blood alcohol reading greater than ".02" while operating the vehicle , the vehicle will go in to a lockout state for 48 hours after the vehicle is shut off.
Melanie's Law has increased the license suspension periods for drivers who refuse to take a chemical test. Go to this link to see the penalties.http://www.mass.gov/rmv/rmvnews/2006/melanies_law.pdf