Governor Wolf signs ignition Interlock law for first-time drunk drivers

HARRISBURG (WTXF)  Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed into law SB 290, which requires convicted drunk drivers with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .10 or greater to use ignition interlocks for one year.

Previously, Pennsylvania was one of just three states without an ignition interlock law that applied to at least some first offenders.

“Today, as we celebrate eight years of effort by MADD and a dedicated team of volunteers to expand Pennsylvania’s ignition interlock law, we call on Massachusetts and Idaho to join the other 48 states in putting technology between drunk drivers and innocent bystanders,” said MADD National President Colleen Sheehey-Church.

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 law takes effect 15 months from today.

“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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