Bill could strengthen Miss. drunken driving law

Lawmakers say a bill headed to Gov. Phil Bryant is designed to strengthen Mississippi’s laws against drunken driving by possibly deterring some people from consuming alcohol and then cranking up a car engine.

House Bill 481 passed the House and Senate on Tuesday.

It says that 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. One DUI conviction could be wiped off the record of a driver who completes six months with the interlock device with no problems.