Tougher drunk driving laws in Del. supported by Gov. and A.G.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving is urging Delaware lawmakers to strengthen a bill cracking down on drunken driving.

Among other things, the bill clarifies that ignition interlock devices are required for all offenders with a blood alcohol concentration of .15 or more. But MADD says such devices should be required for people convicted with a blood alcohol level of .08, the typical threshold for a drunken driving conviction.

The organization says state law already requires ignition interlocks for first-time convicted drunk drivers with a level of .15 or greater, but that many of those offenders appear to be making plea deals to avoid the ignition interlock requirement.

Gov. Jack Markell and Attorney General Beau Biden plan to speak Tuesday in favor of the bill, which will be heard in committee Wednesday, according to the Associated Press.

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