Dingell introduces bill aimed at curbing drunk driving

LANSING, Mich. (WILX) -- After a crash believed to be caused by a drunk driver killed a Northville family over the weekend, a Michigan congresswoman is working to make sure something like this never happens again.

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell is introducing a bill to require all new cars be equipped with devices to prevent drunk driving.

They're called ignition interlock devices.

The devices measure someone's blood alcohol content before they can start a vehicle.

If the driver's blood alcohol level is higher than the legal limit the vehicle won't start.

Congresswoman Dingell introduced the bill Thursday on the house floor in memory of the Abbas family.

Issam Abbas, his wife Rima and their three children were among six people killed in a fiery head-on crash Sunday morning in Lexington, Kentucky.

The crash also killed a Kentucky man who police say was drunk and heading the wrong way on I-75 at the time of the crash.

The devices are already mandated in some states for people convicted of drunk driving.

Dingell's bill would require them to be equipped in all new vehicles sold in the U.S.

In Michigan the law requires an interlock device to be installed for DUI offenders convicted with blood alcohol-content levels of 0.17 or higher.