American Beverage Institute wants Gov. Phil Bryant to veto DUI bill

A national group that says it represents 80 Mississippi restaurants is urging Gov. Phil Bryant to veto a bill aimed at strengthening laws against drunken driving.

The American Beverage Institute, based in Washington, D.C., said Monday that if the bill becomes law, it would be expensive to enforce and create too much work for Mississippi probation officers.

House Bill 481 says when someone is convicted for a first-offense DUI, the person’s driver’s license could be suspended for 90 days, or a judge could order a 30-day license suspension and require the person to use an ignition interlock device for six months. The device prevents a vehicle from starting if the driver has alcohol on his or her breath.