The Virginia Senate passed the legislation to make ignition interlock devices mandatory for anyone convicted of a DUI in Virginia. When a persons license is reinstated, he or she must get one of these alcohol detected breathalyzer devices attached to their car’s ignition.
The device, which will be paid for by the offender, will not allow the car to start if the person’s BAC is above .02%, which is the level of one drink, and is essentially a zero tolerance policy.
There are current laws in effect that make it a criminal charge to circumvent the device, have someone else blow into it, or use a car without such a device if your driver’s license requires it.
Previously, an ignition alcohol device was only required in cases of multiple offenses, or if the person had registered a .15 BAC on a police breathalyser.
The new law goes into effect on Oct 1, 2008.
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