County green lights changes to crack down on drunk driving

CHENANGO COUNTY – Four years after an ignition interlock program was required by the New York State legislature to crack down on drunk driving, recent changes to the law are strengthening punishments for offenders.

In accordance with statewide changes to the ignition interlock device (IID) program that were signed into law in 2013, the Chenango County Board of Supervisors approved changes to the county’s IID plan during its July monthly meeting.

An ignition interlock device connects to a motor vehicle ignition system and measures the alcohol content in the breath of the operator. The device prevents the vehicle from being started until the motorist provides an acceptable breath sample.

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