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Text of the Drunk Driving Repeat Offender Prevention Act of 2013

This bill was introduced on April 23, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Apr 23, 2013 (Introduced).

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113th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1665

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 23, 2013

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

A BILL

To amend title 23, United States Code, to withhold highway funds from States that do not have in effect laws requiring the use of ignition interlock devices to prevent repeat intoxicated driving, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Drunk Driving Repeat Offender Prevention Act of 2013 .

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Use of ignition interlock devices to prevent repeat intoxicated driving

(a)

In general

Chapter 1 of title 23, United States Code, is amended by inserting after section 159 the following:

160.

Use of ignition interlock devices to prevent repeat intoxicated driving

(a)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Alcohol concentration

The term alcohol concentration means grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood or grams of alcohol per 210 liters of breath.

(2)

Driving while intoxicated; driving under the influence

The terms driving while intoxicated and driving under the influence mean driving or being in actual physical control of a motor vehicle in a State while having a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or greater.

(3)

Ignition interlock device

The term ignition interlock device means an in-vehicle device that requires a driver to provide a breath sample prior to the motor vehicle starting, and that prevents a motor vehicle from starting if the alcohol concentration of the driver is above the legal limit.

(4)

Motor vehicle

(A)

In general

The term motor vehicle means a vehicle driven or drawn by mechanical power and manufactured primarily for use on public highways.

(B)

Exclusions

The term motor vehicle does not include—

(i)

a vehicle operated solely on a rail line; or

(ii)

a commercial vehicle.

(b)

Laws requiring ignition interlock devices

(1)

In general

Subject to paragraph (2), a State meets the requirements of this subsection if the State has enacted and is enforcing a law that requires throughout the State the installation of an ignition interlock device for a minimum of 180 days on each motor vehicle operated by an individual who is convicted of driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence.

(2)

Exception

The 180-day period referred to in paragraph (1) for the installation of an ignition interlock device may be reduced to period of not fewer than 90 days, if—

(A)

the driver’s licence of the individual is suspended for a minimum of 180 days as a result of the conviction; and

(B)

the period for the installation of an ignition interlock device begins after the last day of the suspension.

(c)

Withholding of funds for noncompliance

(1)

Fiscal year 2016

On October 1, 2015, the Secretary shall withhold 1 percent of the amount required to be apportioned to a State under each of paragraphs (1) and (2) of section 104(b) if the State does not meet the requirements of subsection (b).

(2)

Fiscal year 2017

On October 1, 2016, the Secretary shall withhold 3 percent of the amount required to be apportioned to a State under each of paragraphs (1) and (2) of section 104(b) if the State does not meet the requirements of subsection (b).

(3)

Fiscal year 2018 and thereafter

On October 1, 2017, and on October 1 of each fiscal year thereafter, the Secretary shall withhold 5 percent of the amount required to be apportioned to a State under each of paragraphs (1) and (2) of section 104(b) if the State does not meet the requirements of subsection (b).

(d)

Period of availability of withheld funds; effect of compliance and noncompliance

(1)

Period of availability of withheld funds

Any funds withheld under subsection (c) from apportionment to a State shall remain available for apportionment to the State until the end of the third fiscal year following the fiscal year for which the funds are authorized to be appropriated.

(2)

Apportionment of withheld funds after compliance

If, before the last day of the period for which funds withheld under subsection (c) from apportionment are to remain available for apportionment to a State under paragraph (1), the State meets the requirements of subsection (b), the Secretary shall, on the first day on which the State meets the requirements of subsection (b), apportion to the State the funds withheld under subsection (c) that remain available for apportionment to the State.

(3)

Period of availability of subsequently apportioned funds

Any funds apportioned pursuant to paragraph (2)

(A)

shall remain available for expenditure until the end of the third fiscal year following the fiscal year in which the funds are so apportioned; and

(B)

if not apportioned at the end of that period, shall lapse.

(4)

Effect of noncompliance

If, at the end of the period for which funds withheld under subsection (c) from apportionment are available for apportionment to a State under paragraph (1), the State does not meet the requirements of subsection (b), the funds shall lapse.

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(b)

Conforming amendment

The analysis for such chapter is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 159 the following:

Sec. 160. Use of ignition interlock devices to prevent repeat intoxicated driving.

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