BLOG: Governor Wolf Signs DUI Ignition Interlock Bill into Law (Round-up)
By: Eryn Spangler, Press Assistant
May 27, 2016
Wednesday, Governor Wolf signed Senate Bill 290 into law, which makes the ignition interlock program mandatory for first-time DUI offenders with high blood alcohol levels.
“Drunk driving is a deadly crime that puts Pennsylvania families at risk and this legislation will help prevent people from driving drunk and endangering themselves and putting other lives at risk,” Governor Wolf said. “We owe it to both motorists and pedestrians to keep them safe and hold people who break DUI laws accountable.”
Take a look at the additional coverage below:
Philly.com: Wolf signs DUI ignition interlock bill
The new law requires drunk drivers with a first-time conviction and a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.10 percent or greater to use ignition interlocks for at least one year. Supporters of requiring ignition interlocks say they protect people on the roads while also allowing offenders to keep a job and meet other responsibilities. Until now, Pennsylvania has required ignition interlock only for repeat drunk drivers.
York Dispatch: Gov. signs DUI bill into law
A new law will require all Pennsylvania residents, including first-time offenders, convicted of driving under the influence with a high blood-alcohol content to have an ignition interlock system installed in their vehicle. The device requires the driver to blow into a device, verifying their blood-alcohol level is below .08 before the vehicle will turn on. Governor Tom Wolf signed Senate Bill 290 into law Wednesday.
PennLive: Wolf signs bill extending ignition interlock devices to first-time DUI offenders
The law takes effect in 15 months, according to staff for Sen. John Rafferty, R-Montgomery County, who sponsored the bill. Previously, the ignition interlock devices were only available to repeat DUI offenders. But supporters favored this measure as a way to strengthen public protections while giving offenders a chance to keep their post-arrest lives intact.
ABC 27: Gov. Wolf signs bill to expand ignition-lock law to first offenses
Gov. Tom Wolf has signed a bill to expand the use of ignition locks for people caught driving under the influence. Senate Bill 290 makes the ignition interlock program mandatory for first-time DUI offenders with high blood-alcohol levels. The devices are installed on a steering column. Drivers are required to blow into them, and if alcohol is detected, the vehicle will not start.
CBS Philly: Governor Wolf Signs Ignition Interlocks Bill
In a statement announcing that he has signed the interlocks bill, Governor Wolf characterizes it as a safety issue, saying it will prevent people from driving while intoxicated and hold people accountable when they break DUI laws. Supporters of the legislation believe it will also allow more people to remain employed and remain productive members of society.
FOX 29: Governor Wolf signs ignition Interlock law for first-time drunk drivers
According to a press release, SB 290 was authored by Senator John Rafferty. Representative Keith Greiner authored similar legislation in the House, and joined Senator Rafferty and Senator Lloyd Smucker in championing this life-saving legislation. “The bill signed today by Governor Wolf is a great step in MADD meeting the mission to end drunk driving. Between October 1, 2003 and December 1, 2015, ignition interlocks prevented more than 78,000 instances of drunken driving here in Pennsylvania,” said MADD Pennsylvania Program Manager Malcolm Friend. “Through this new law, imagine how many more lives will be saved, how many injuries will be prevented here in Pennsylvania moving forward.”
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