MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Pennsylvania. In the past, individuals found guilty of a first-time DUI conviction, who were found to have blood alcohol levels above 0.10%, had few options. They faced a one-year license suspension. This could have serious consequences on a person’s ability to get to work or school, or to care for his or her family, especially for a person who lives in an area with poor public transportation. According to the Times Leader, Pennsylvania’s new ignition interlock law will require most first-time offenders to use the device, while giving first-time offenders with higher BAC levels the option to choose to use the device over mandatory license suspension.
Ignition interlock devices are installed on a DUI offender’s car. A person who has been convicted of drunk driving is then required to submit to a breath test each and every time he or she gets behind the wheel. If the test detects alcohol, the car will not start. Mothers Against Drunk Driving strongly supports the use of ignition interlock devices. According to MADD, on average, a person convicted of drunk driving for the first time may have gotten behind the wheel drunk at least 80 times prior to his or her conviction. Even when an individual’s license is suspended, many individuals continue to drive. The reality is that ignition interlocks can save lives by preventing drunk drivers from getting behind the wheel when they are unsafe to drive. Studies show that the use of ignition interlock devices can prevent drunk driving deaths.
Ignition interlocks also allow those with DUI convictions to continue to use their car for required purposes. If you’re facing a DUI conviction, it is always a good idea to speak to a DUI lawyer. A DUI attorney in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania can take a close look at the circumstances of your arrest and evidence against you. McMahon, McMahon, & Lentz understand DUI law, and can help you get the best possible outcome for your case if you’re facing charges.
Ignition interlock devices will cost DUI offenders money to install. The devices cost anywhere from $80 to $120. Yet, when one factors in the potential costs of not having a car, or not being able to drive, for DUI offenders, the devices may be a small price to pay. Of course, a DUI conviction carries other costly consequences as well. Individuals may have to face fines, have to take alcohol education courses, and they may also face higher insurance rates as a result of their convictions.
According to MADD, as many as 2 million DUIs have been prevented thanks to the use of ignition interlock devices. While some argue that the devices are costly and invade drivers’ privacy, many believe that they save lives. The best way to avoid having to use the device is to avoid getting a DUI in the first place—by not drinking and driving. However, if you’re facing DUI charges, visit http://www.mcmahon4law.com/dui/ to learn more about your options.