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Bills aim to increase use of ignition interlocks in Texas

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SAN ANTONIO -- Texas State Senator Jose Menendez is hoping to pass Senate Bill 761.

The bill allows a judge to give first time DWI offenders deferred adjudication and community supervision in a case where there is no injury or property damage.

"We want these first time offenders to have an opportunity to rehabilitate themselves after the offense, and we don't want their attorney's pleading them out to a lesser crime just to avoid jail time," said Senator Menendez.

Menendez went on to say as part of the community supervision the offender must have an ignition interlock.

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, ignition interlocks stopped 244,991 attempts to drive drunk in Texas from 2016. In just the past year, the organization says 27,674 attempts to drive drunk were blocks by the devices.

"That is amazing to think about that someone or that many times we kept people who were drunk off the road, " added Menendez.

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