McDonnell signs tougher DUI legislation

All convicted drunk drivers will have to pass a breath test to get their cars to start under legislation that Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell signed into law Thursday.


Sophomore student Patricia Bradford knocks over several cones in High Point, N.C., as she drives a car modified to simulate drunk driving. (Sonny Hedgecock/Associated Press)

Under the new law, which cleared the General Assembly without much controversy, breathalyzers will be installed on cars used by those convicted of driving under the influence — from the first offense on.

The legislation, supported by the Virginia-based Washington Regional Alcohol Program, was sponsored by Sen. A. Donald McEachin (D-Henrico) and Del. Salvatore R. Iaquinto (R-Virginia Beach).

Laura Vozzella covers Virginia politics for The Washington Post.

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