A bipartisan group of Minnesota lawmakers wants to ban state agencies from tracking the location of D-W-I offenders who have ignition interlock devices on their vehicle. Republican Representative Peggy Scott from Andover says, “Even a first-time offender that was caught drunk driving, and now they’re putting this device on their car so that they can go to work and have a life, basically so they can have their driving privileges reinstated — and this is not what they signed up for.” Scott says the state Public Safety Department argues that real-time reporting from ignition interlock devices will discourage repeat drunk driving. But Scott says she doesn’t want agencies collecting data on the location of individuals — which she says may be unconstitutional.
Democratic Representative John Lesch from Saint Paul, who’s co-sponsoring the bill, warns “use of G-P-S technology can go well beyond verifying proper use of an interlock device.”
Here’s the complete interview with Rep. Scott: