Ignition interlock bill pronounced dead
House Judiciary Committee Joseph F. Vallario Jr. has just pronounced a bill that would have required an ignition interlock device on the vehicles of those convicted of drunk driving dead for the 2010 session.
Vallario convened a voting session of the committee at 8:30 p.m. and distributed a memorandum saying he had been unable to reach an agreement with the sponsor and advocates of the legislation, the No. 1 priority of MADD this year.
The legislation that passed the Senate unanimously would have affected all persons convicted of driving under the influence, which is defined as having blood alcohol of .08 percent or more. Vallario said 27 states have automatic ignition interlock requirements for drivers with BAC measurements of .15 or more.
He said he and his allies had offered to lower that level to .12 and to also include subsequent offenders and those under 21. MADD and other advocates had said they would reject such a compromise and they did.
Vallario, a Prince George's County Democrat, said he was disappointed a deal could not be reached.