Previously on this blog, we’ve examined the consequences that Pennsylvania drivers face when they are arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), which vary depending on the circumstances surrounding the incident. In some cases, individuals convicted of this offense are ordered to have Ignition Interlock devices installed in their vehicles to ensure that they can no longer drive while intoxicated.

LifeSafer, a company that manufactures Ignition Interlocks, describes the product as follows:

[It’s] a device that measures the alcohol in your breath and allows you to start your vehicle if it is below the set point. The device also requires periodic retests while the vehicle is running. The interlock records a number of items including test results, engine starts and vehicle run times. Any violations, for example failed tests or missed retests, are recorded by the device.

The purpose of the Ignition Interlock is two-fold. First, it protects the public from multiple DUI offenders. Second, it helps ensure that these individuals don’t make the same mistakes in the future once they’ve regained their full driving privileges. Studies indicate that the device is successful at achieving both of these goals. In fact, 90 percent of people who complete an Ignition Interlock program “successfully drive without a further drinking-driving offense,” states the source.

If you’ve been charged with DUI in Philadelphia, it is in your best interest to schedule an appointment with a local DUI defense attorney as soon as possible. The experienced professionals at The Zeiger Firm can mount an effective defense on your behalf, helping you to move on with your life following an unfortunate mistake.

Brian J. Zeiger, Esquire, is an experienced and successful criminal defense and civil rights attorney. He is a seasoned trial lawyer with significant experience before juries and judges. Brian understands civil rights cases, including Taser, Wrongful Death, Excessive Force, Police Brutality, Police Misconduct, Malicious Prosecution, Monell Claims, Sexual Assault, Prisoner’s Rights, Time Credit, Medical Malpractice, and Medical Indifference.