interlocks in play
As the American Beverage Institute (ABI) membership convenes its annual conference in Florida this month, hot topics will include ignition-interlock legislation and the use of federal funding for in-vehicle alcohol detectors. All eyes are on the latest versions of the highway reauthorization legislation, which originally mandated ignition interlocks for all drunk-driving offenders. The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s recent version does not include that language, but the Washington, D.C.-based hospitality lobbying group is monitoring the bill and will oppose the inclusion of an interlock mandate. ABI also opposes the bill’s provision for $24 million in funding for development of in-vehicle alcohol detection systems, as well as the ROAD SAFE Act, which calls for $60 million in similar funding with a goal of making alcohol detection systems standard equipment in all cars.