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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: December 17, 2014 01:41 PM
From: Senator John C. Rafferty, Jr.
To: All Senate members
Subject: Ignition Interlock Legislation
In the near future, I will introduce legislation similar to Senate Bill 1036 from last Session. This legislation will make the ignition interlock program mandatory for first-time DUI offenders with high blood alcohol levels while at the same time reducing suspension requirements in certain cases.

Research shows there are over 30,000 first-time DUI offenders each year, and that a substantial number will violate the terms of their license suspension and become repeat offenders.

This legislation appropriately punishes those who are convicted of driving under the influence while increasing public safety by making sure those who have shown poor judgment are not able to drive if they have had too much to drink. Similar laws are in place in 15 states, and according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, recidivism rates have dropped by as much as 60 percent.

Introduced as SB290