Governor Tom Wolf is expected to sign a measure into law that expands the current ignition lock law in Pennsylvania to drunk drivers facing a first-time charge. The Senate recently passed the measure unanimously and the House passed the bill as well.
A 2003 law on the books requires any individuals convicted of multiple DUIs to use the device for a minimum of one year. This law is now expanding to incorporate first-time DUI drivers who receive a conviction. Any individual who has a blood alcohol content of 0.10% or higher at the time of being charged could be facing the requirement of using an ignition interlock device for a minimum of one year.
Interlock Device Instead of Suspended License
The new requirement would be in place of having a suspended license for a year. Officials in the Pennsylvania Senate believe that the law has solid grounding because practically every other state around the country has similar laws. Bear in mind that this provision would not take place for up to 15 months, but it could have a significant impact on your life if you were to become charged after it is active.
An ignition interlock device is a common requirement for DUI offenders in Pennsylvania who are convicted of a second or further DUI charge. The individual being ordered to use the device also has to pay for the cost of installation and any maintenance and could face serious penalties if he or she attempts to tamper with the device.
How Does An Interlock Device Work?
Ignition interlock devices require you to breathe into the device prior to starting your vehicle in order to verify that you are not under the influence of alcohol. The device will lock the ignition in the off position if it determines there is alcohol on the driver’s breath. This is just one of many consequences that can follow an individual who has been convicted of drunk driving.
Get A Free Consultation With A PA DUI Lawyer Today
If you are facing DUI charges in order to better understand your potential consequences, it is important to contact an experienced Pennsylvania DUI defense attorney as soon as possible. We may be able to help you retain your driver’s license, reduce your penalties and possibly have your charges dropped. Schedule your free consultation with a PA DUI Lawyer at The Travis Law Firm today to discuss your legal options – the consultation is free and confidential, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.