Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) have been fighting for decades to keep our national highways safe, and consequently, have helped to keep the highways of Pennsylvania safe by implementing the Pennsylvania DUI laws. The installation of ignition interlock devices is sometimes required by Pennsylvania law after a person receives a DUI conviction. These devices prevent people who have DUI convictions from driving with any level of blood alcohol (BAH) in their system. Here is what you should know about ignition interlocks and how they are keeping our Pennsylvania highways safe.
What is an Ignition Interlock Device?
An ignition interlock is a device that is connected to the ignition of a car, preventing the ignition from “firing up” unless the driver proves that his or her breath does not have any alcohol in it. This device will be installed in all of the vehicles that are registered to a driver who is convicted of a subsequent DUI offense. When the driver gets into the vehicle, he or she must blow into the interlock device, which will determine the blood-alcohol content of the driver. If the device clears the driver safe to drive, the device will allow the driver to start the car and drive. If not, the vehicle will not turn on and the driver will not be able to drive.
How Much Does the Ignition Interlock Device Cost?
The individual who is required to have the interlock system installed in their vehicle will have to pay any costs that are associated with it. While costs can vary from vendor to vendor, most systems are leased from a company, therefore costing approximately $1,000 per system.
When will an Ignition Interlock be Installed in a Vehicle?
An ignition interlock requirement will depend on when the second or subsequent DUI offense occurs, sometimes becoming a bit confusing. Because the DUI laws have gotten tougher, those who have a second or subsequent DUI conviction that occurred on or after October 1, 2003 will need to comply with the ignition interlock requirement. If the second or subsequent DUI offense occurred before June 30, 2007, prior DUI offenses will result in the ignition interlock requirement. If the DUI offense occurred after June 30, 2007, only offenses that occurred during the previous 10 years will be taken into consideration for the ignition interlock requirement.
Still a Ways to Go
The ignition interlock systems will certainly keep those who have been convicted of subsequent DUIs off of the road if their blood alcohol content is above the legal level. However, they will not stop everyone from getting behind the wheel and driving drunk. While we do have a long way to go in keeping our highways safe from the dangers of drinking and driving, the ignition interlock systems and new DUI laws have helped to take steps toward that goal. If you have been injured in an accident that was caused by a drunk driver, call the law offices of Solnick & Associates, LLC at (877) 415-6495.