Ignition Interlock Bill Defeated

North Dakota’s House has killed a bill that would have amended the state’s 24/7 sobriety program to include ignition interlock devices.

The measure was defeated 76-16.

Ignition interlock devices usually require drivers to blow into a tube to prove they are not intoxicated before they can start the engine.

Minot Republican Rep. Andrew Maragos sponsored the bill so those convicted of drunk driving could use the device instead of taking twice-daily alcohol tests, or having to wear an ankle bracelet.