What should I know about PA ignition interlock laws?

On Behalf of | May 4, 2021 | Drunk Driving

There are many penalties associated with DUIs, and one of them is installing an ignition interlock device in your vehicle. According to Pennsylvania law, individuals must install ignition interlocks in their vehicle in order to drive after refusing a chemical test or having multiple DUIs.

It is also possible for the courts to require that you install an ignition interlock system in your car for a first time-DUI if you had an extremely high blood alcohol level at the time of arrest. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, an ignition interlock device is a machine a third-party company puts in your car to prohibit an individual from driving while under the influence.

What does an ignition interlock device do?

A third-party company puts an ignition interlock device in your car. This device connects to the car’s starter system. In order to get the car to start, you must blow into the ignition interlock device. If the ignition interlock device detects any amount of alcohol on your breath, the car will not start.

You will also need to breathe into the ignition interlock device periodically after you have started the car. If the device detects alcohol on your breath, it will set off your car’s panic alarm system. This will attract the attention of law enforcement.

How long must I have an ignition interlock device?

This depends on your individual case. The third-party company that installed the ignition interlock device must send a declaration of compliance to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation upon the end of your ignition interlock requirement period before the government will reinstate your regular driving privileges.