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What is Ignition Interlock?

This is not the first time we've discussed ignition interlock on this blog. But as any Pennsylvania DUI attorney would tell you, ignition interlock is a subject you could never discuss too much of on a Pennsylvania DUI law blog. It's up there, with breathalyzers, sobriety checkpoints and the ARD program-- a good topic to know.

In our previous post, we discussed the fact that the state of Pennsylvania has been called out for being behind on highway safety laws. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette criticized the state of Pennsylvania for being behind on several laws, including the texting-while driving laws and mandating ignition interlock for drunk driving convicts.  

What is "ignition interlock"?

The Pennsylvania laws for ignition interlock mandate the system to be installed in all the vehicles of repeat DUI offenders. The system must be installed for at least one year prior to applying for an unrestricted drivers' license.

The device is essentially meant to prevent drivers from driving while intoxicated. The drivers are required to blow into the device before starting their vehicle. If there is alcohol detected in the driver's breath, then the vehicle won't start.

But that's not all. The driver will be prompted to blow into the device at random times throughout the operation of the vehicle, in order to make sure the driver is in compliance.

PA DUI lawyers are all too familiar with ignition interlock devices and the rules surrounding them. PA DUI attorneys are also familiar with the applicable exemptions for drivers who do not want to have ignition interlock installed in their vehicles. If you have questions about ignition interlock devices in Pennsylvania, it may be useful to speak with a PA DUI attorney.

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