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U.S. Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) has proposed federal legislation mandating that states pass laws requiring all convicted DUI offenders to install ignition interlock devices for a minimum of six months.
The bill, named "Alisa's Law" in honor of the daughter of MADD's National President who was killed by an underage drunk driver, would require all states to bring their ignition interlock laws into compliance with the mandate. If states fail to comply by October 1, 2014, they would face a reduction in federal transportation funding.
Pennsylvania Ignition Interlock Laws
Currently, in Pennsylvania, installation of an interlock device is not required for DUI offenders convicted for the first time. Instead, ignition interlock is mandated for people convicted of a second or subsequent DUI offense.
However, Pennsylvania does currently have proposed legislation seeking to expand its own ignition interlock law. Like the federal bill, the PA proposal would apply interlock device requirements to first-time drunk or drugged driving offenders. (To learn more about Pennsylvania's ignition interlock bill, check out my previous blog, Ignition Interlock for All PA DUI Offenders?.)
PA DUI Penalties Can Seriously Impact Your Life
The DUI Penalties in Pennsylvania can be severe. They can have a serious impact on you, your life, and your livelihood - jail time, license suspensions, interlock requirements.
As can be seen by these proposed ignition interlock changes, interest groups are consistently pushing lawmakers to increase the already severe penalties for persons convicted of Driving Under the Influence, not just those actually resulting in drunk driving accidents and fatalities.
If you are facing DUI charges, you face both short-term and long-term consequences.
Don't leave the outcome of your case to chance.
Contact an experienced PA DUI Defense Lawyer at Shawn Curry Law today.
About the Author:
Attorney Shawn M. Curry focuses his practice on Criminal & DUI Defense. Over the last 8 years, he has been Helping People accused of drunk and drugged driving charges throughout Central PA. During that time, he has negotiated, as well as litigated through suppression, trial, and appeal, numerous DUI cases. Attorney Curry has also obtained training and certification as an Instructor in Standard Field Sobriety Testing and as an Evidentiary Breath Technician.