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Pennsylvania's New
Ignition Interlock Law
How to Continue Driving Legally After a DUI
- By -
Theresa Martin
Golding

AS THE HOLIDAYS APPROACH, the alcohol will be flowing at office events and
family gatherings alike. Many happy revelers will then get behind the wheels
of their cars and drive while legally intoxicated. Some of them may later show
up in your office after their arrest, hopefully chastised, but certainly concerned
about the possible loss of their driver's license with all the attendant worries of
how they will get to and from work or pick up the kids after basketball practice.
An ignition interlock may be the answer to soothe your
client's concerns. The interlock is a device that, once
installed, prevents the operation of a vehicle if the driver's
breath indicates a blood alcohol concentration above the
threshold limit of .025%. The use of ignition interlocks,
while not widespread, is growing in popularity. According
to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, while

installed, interlocks reduce drunk-driving recidivism by a
median of 67 percent. The Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC) reported that, in 2015, 10,265
people died in drunk-driving related crashes, representing
nearly one-third of all traffic fatalities in the United States.
Pursuant to the CDC, one effective measure for reducing
impaired driving deaths is the use of ignition interlocks.

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