Last week, the Pennsylvania Senate passed a bill that would require an interlock device to be installed in the vehicles of first time offenders whose blood alcohol level tests above .10. This is level is not too far above the threshold definition for criminal DUI which generally begins at .08 in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Our state would not be the first one by any measure to adopt these requirements for first time DUI offenders. Those in the know are reporting that there is no shortage of support for this legislation in the PA House and the bill is expected to pass in the coming weeks.
Regardless of whether or not you personally agree with stricter DUI penalties, understand that this type of legislation is only likely to increase over time. Get used to it and as always, don’t drink and drive.