Ignition Interlock for 1st Time DUIs Begin In August

Harder line on DUIs In Pa. Is Coming

Whether drunk drivers like it or not, harder penalties are going into effect this August in Pennsylvania.

Ignition interlock devices that actually work are the way to  combat drunk driving on the highways.

But the key to it is that the ignition interlock must actually work.

What do I mean by that?

People with alcohol problems are very resourceful at getting around the system. If there is a device on one of their cars they will drive someone else’s car or their own second car.

That is what the law must address in order to make this work.

The interlock ignition device must be tamperproof. And that is what I see as the weakness in the current ignition interlock laws.

Alcoholics who are resourceful can get around the ignition device and still drive drunk on the highway.

Until ignition locks are 100%  scam proof, the problem will remain in our society.

Pittsburgh criminal defense, car accident and best attorney in Pittsburgh lawyer Bernie Tully believes this law is a good start.

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Beginning in August, as the result of a law passed last year, Pennsylvania will begin requiring first-time drunken drivers to get ignition interlock systems installed on their vehicles.

What that means is that, before the person’s car will start, the driver will, in effect, be required to pass a sobriety test.

That law is a significant step toward attacking the DUI problem.

However, people who understand the importance of sobriety when operating a motor vehicle should welcome the more aggressive assault on that problem being proposed by state Sen. Scott Martin, R-Lancaster County.

Martin has introduced a bill that would create a mandatory “world of hurt” for any individual convicted of more than two DUIs in a 10-year period.

There would be two aspects to that “world.”

Martin said more than two DUI convictions within 10 years would mean at least two years of jail time; a habitual drunk driver who causes the death of another person could be charged with a first-degree felony mandating decades behind bars.