Lawmaker gets pushback over DUII proposal

Lawmaker gets pushback over DUII proposal

PORTLAND, Ore. -- In Oregon if you are convicted of your first DUII, you have to make some changes to your car and install a Breathalyzer that makes it impossible to start it if you've been drinking.

Now state Sen. Floyd Prozanski, D-Eugene, wants first-time offenders who were caught with a blood-alcohol content below .15 to be able to skip the device if they agree to counseling.

Prozanski says the current system is flawed, and wants to give the courts more discretion about who will be required to install one of the devices.

But Mothers Against Drunk Driving is fighting that proposal. They say the devices are effective and save lives.

Lawmakers are set to debate the proposal again next Tuesday.