It was over a year ago on May 25, 2016 that Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed Senate Bill 290 into law which has been coined by many the “ignition interlock law”. Now 15 months later this new ignition interlock limited license goes into effect on August 25, 2017. Pennsylvania has never had anything like this before as it applies to penalties for DUI offenses. Prior to this drivers had the option of applying for an Occupational Limited License (OLL) after serving a portion of their suspension. As of August 25, 2017, drivers can no longer obtain an OLL but rather will have to apply for an IILL. This is great news because as you will see below it applies to many more people. Lets look deeper into what this is all about.
An ignition interlock is a device that a driver would install in their motor vehicle to prohibit individuals under the influence of ALCOHOL from starting the vehicle. The driver would blow a breath sample into the mouthpiece to start the vehicle. The interlock then would analyze and measure the breath for alcohol concentration. If alcohol is detected and exceeds 0.025mg the device will not allow the engine to start. This device DOES NOT detect drugs. (There are some companies working to develop a device that would also have the ability to detect drugs and not just alcohol. As of today no such technology exists and I think it will be a long time before it does)