September 19, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/
-- The Commonwealth of Virginia recently passed legislation that requires anyone convicted of drunk driving, including first-time offenses, to have an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicle. An ignition interlock device requires the driver to blow into the device before the car's engine will start. If the device detects alcohol, the car will not start. Virginia's new law greatly expands the use of ignition interlock devices and raises the stakes for those facing drunk driving charges.
Virginia's New Ignition Interlock Law
The new law is a change from previous laws relating to ignition interlock devices. Previously, Virginia law only required people who had been convicted of driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.15 percent or more, or who had previous DUI convictions, to use an ignition interlock device. The new law makes everyone who receives a DUI conviction use the device, regardless of their blood alcohol content or lack of previous offenses.
How an Ignition Interlock Device Works
An ignition interlock device is mounted directly onto a vehicle and can only be put into place and removed by someone with proper training. Therefore, people convicted of DUI in Virginia will have to pay for the cost of having the interlock device installed by a technician.
When the driver enters the vehicle, he or she must blow into a tube connected to the ignition interlock device before the car will start. The tube works like a Breathalyzer to measure the blood alcohol content of the person behind the wheel. If the driver has alcohol in their system, the device automatically locks the ignition, preventing the driver from starting the car. The device also requires the driver to blow into the tube periodically while the car is running.
The Costs of an Interlock Device
The new law makes clear that the costs of installing, maintaining and removing the ignition interlock device will be on the person convicted. These costs add up. Further, more costs surface if the vehicle becomes locked. Because the vehicle will not start, it typically must be towed to a shop that will further charge to override the lock.
When Charged with a DUI
Being charged with a DUI can be a scary situation with many obstacles to face. If you have been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, contact an experienced DUI defense attorney to help you through and begin your defense.
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