Bexar County to crack down on second-time DWI offenders

By John W. Gonzalez, San Antonio Express News

Updated 12:55 a.m., Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Starting this week, hundreds of Bexar County residents with pending DWI cases face closer monitoring as officials begin requiring some defendants to use newer alcohol detection technologies, including one donned by Lindsay Lohan.

About 1,700 people with second arrests are required by state law to install ignition interlock systems on their vehicles, and many of them could be ordered to pay more for upgraded devices — with GPS locators tied to breath monitors, or the ankle device used by the celebrity.

Home-based devices could be mandated as well, requiring defendants to provide breath samples upon random calls.

The increased scrutiny of second-time offenders comes two weeks after a young San Antonio mother, Jessica Rodriguez, and her 10-year-old daughter Kaylee Flores were killed in a crash involving an alleged drunken driver who had two previous convictions for driving while intoxicated.

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