What is an ignition interlock system?

On Behalf of | Mar 5, 2020 | DUI

One of the most common crimes in Pennsylvania is driving under the influence. This is a very preventable crime, and it is important to understand all of the ramifications of driving drunk before you get behind the wheel. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, you may be required to outfit your car with an ignition interlock device if you are caught driving drunk. 

An ignition interlock device is a small computer that is wired into your car. Any time that you get into your car to operate it, you will be required to breathe into the ignition interlock device. Essentially, it acts as a breathalyzer test. If the ignition interlock device detects any alcohol on your breath, the car will not start. The ignition interlock device will also require you to breathe in it at random points while driving in order to ensure that alcohol has not been consumed. 

If you have been a repeat DUI offender or if it is your first time and you are found to have an extremely high blood alcohol level when pulled over for DUI, you may be required to install an ignition interlock device. The cost of this could range between $900 to $1,300 per year, depending on your vehicle. You will need to apply for a new driver’s license that includes a visual indication that your license is contingent upon the use of an ignition interlock device. 

Ignition interlock devices are very expensive to maintain and add another level of hassle to driving. The best plan is not to drive drunk to begin with.