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DUI offenders must give breath samples before driving

New rules that went into effect Sunday require British Columbiansconvicted of drinking and driving to provide breath samples every timethey get behind the wheel.

New rules that went into effect Sunday require British Columbians convicted of drinking and driving to provide breath samples every time they get behind the wheel.

Convicted drivers will be forced to install an ignition interlock device for at least one year at a cost of more than $1,500.

Those caught driving a non-interlock-equipped vehicle will lose their driver’s licence.

The program is not retroactice, so people convicted of drunk driving before Sunday will not have to install the device. However, the program does apply to drivers who receive two 90-day driving bans or three 24-hour roadside suspensions within a five-year period.

 
 
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