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Pennsylvania’s New DUI Law Goes Into Effect

dui car accidentWhat is the new DUI law in PA?

A new DUI law goes into effect in Pennsylvania this week, placing different restrictions on first-time DUI drivers.

Under the new law, first-time offenders will have to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicles. Previously, ignition interlocks were only required after two or more offenses; first-time offenders would instead face a license suspension of one year.

What is an ignition interlock device?

An ignition interlock device is essentially a breathalizer that will prevent a car’s engine from starting until the driver blows into a tube to indicate that they are not under the influence. If the device detects alcohol, the vehicle will not start.

Those in favor of the new law say that the ignition interlock will be more effective in preventing drunk driving accidents and deaths, while still allowing offenders to keep their license active. This way, they can still drive to work, etc., but cannot start their engines while under the influence. Suspending a driver’s license can’t actually stop them from driving, let alone driving drunk. The breathalizer, on the other hand, has the capability to prevent drunk driving and save lives.

Drunk drivers take thousands of lives each year. It is our hope that this new law may help reduce the number of DUI repeat offenders and alcohol-related traffic deaths. If you or someone you love suffered an injury in an accident with a drunk driver, contact us today to learn about your legal rights to compensation.

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