Individuals charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or a Controlled Substance, or those currently serving a license suspension after pleading guilty to Driving Under the Influence, may now be entitled to continue to drive following the installation of an ignition interlock system in their car.

The new law, entitled “Act 33 of 2016,” makes changes to the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code and laws surrounding DUIs and ignition interlock systems. Beginning in August 2017, the law will change, allowing drivers who were, or are, suspended following a DUI to apply to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) to have an ignition interlock system installed in their car in certain circumstances. For example, individuals currently serving a suspension for a first time DUI will be eligible immediately for an early interlock system starting in August 2017, allowing them to continue to drive.

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