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Pawlenty pushes ignition locks for DWI offenders

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GRAND FORKS -- The East Grand Forks police chief welcomes Gov. Tim Pawlenty's initiative to stiffen drunken driving penalties in Minnesota, including expanding the use of ignition locks that require proof of sobriety to start a car.

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Pawlenty said Tuesday he would ask lawmakers, who start the session next month in St. Paul, to draft new laws including lowering the blood-alcohol amount that triggers greater penalties, from 0.20 percent to 0.15 percent.

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