- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 8, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The Pennsylvania state Senate has approved legislation that would expand the use of ignition interlock devices for more drunk driving offenders.

The Senate voted unanimously to send the bill to the state House of Representatives, although senators did so with just three scheduled session days before the two-year legislative session ends and the bill dies.

Under the bill, ignition interlocks would be required for one year for first-time convicted drunk drivers with an illegal blood alcohol concentration of 0.10 or greater.

A 2003 Pennsylvania law already requires the devices for repeat drunk-driving offenders for one year.

Sen. John Rafferty of Montgomery County says that states requiring all convicted drunk drivers to use an ignition interlock have reduced their DUI deaths by more than 33 percent.

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