2 drunken driving bills awaiting votes in Illinois House

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Two bills that would affect motorists with repeat drunken driving convictions are awaiting final votes in the Illinois House. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports one bill would require offenders with at least two convictions to have a device measure their blood alcohol level before they can start their vehicles for at least five years. The legislation was inspired by a 17-year-old Elgin girl who was killed in a drunken driving crash in 2003. The state runs the ignition device program. The other measure would allow offenders with four or more drunken driving convictions to apply for a restricted driving permit. Those who apply must prove they are alcohol and drug free for at least three years and have the ignition devices installed in their vehicles.