Two new Texas laws, backed by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) may deserve consideration in Georgia.
One new Texas law requires that if a driver is convicted of drunk driving with a blood alcohol level over .15, an ignition interlock device must be installed in their car. The convicted drunk driver will have to breathe in a breathalyzer tube before attempting to start the vehicle. If there is a measurable amount of blood alcohol, the car won’t start. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), ignition interlock devices reduce repeat DWI offenses by between 50 and 90 percent while the devices are in place.
Another alcohol-related bill will create a six-month driver’s license suspension for anyone convicted of providing alcohol to a minor, and doubles to a year for a second conviction.

The Shigley Law Firm represents plaintiffs in wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases statewide in Georgia, and in other states subject to the multijurisdictional practice and pro hac vice rules in each state. Ken Shigley was designated as a “SuperLawyer” in Atlanta Magazine and one of the “Legal Elite” in Georgia Trend Magazine. He is a Certified Civil Trial Advocate of the National Board of Trial Advocacy, Chair of the Southeastern Motor Carrier Liability Institute and former chair of the Georgia Insurance Law Institute. He particularly focuses on cases arising from truck wrecks and accidents (tractor trailers truck wrecks, semi truck wrecks,18 wheeler truck wrecks, big rig truck wrecks, log truck wrecks, dump truck wrecks).