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Lawmakers want more time on DUII legislation

Lawmakers want more time on DUII legisation

SALEM (AP) — The Oregon Senate moved to delay a measure that would loosen the requirements for which drunken drivers must use ignition interlock devices.

The move on Thursday comes after House members promised to fight the proposal.

Under current law, Oregonians who enter court-approved diversion programs to avoid drunken driving convictions must have in-car alcohol monitoring devices installed.

The devices prevent an intoxicated person from starting the car.

The bill was originally intended to sort out how reports of device tampering and test failures are handled. But it drew opposition after a Senate panel added a provision allowing judges to make exceptions for some drivers.

The bill was sent to a committee, where a key proponent says it will die. Sen. Floyd Prozanksi says he’ll keep working on it after the Legislature adjourns.

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