BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- First time O.U.I. offenders might not have to lose their driver's license, but they will need to pay for it. A proposed bill would allow those facing their first charge to install an ignition interlock device to skip license suspension.
Frank Harris with Mothers Against Drunk Driving said, "It's more of an effective approach to dealing with drunk driving than hoping for the best and taking away the license of a convicted drunk driver."
Supporters hope this will cut down on first time offenders re-offending. Some, however, disagree with parts of the proposal. Defense attorney Wayne Foote said one problem with the current draft is that it treats all first time offenders the same.
According to Foote, first time offenders with a blood alcohol level lower than .15 are not likely to re-offend.