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Pa. state senator wants to boost repeat drunk driving penalties

Whether it is a beer at a ballgame, a round of drinks with your co-workers during happy hour, or simply relaxing at home with a glass of wine, many people in Pennsylvania are responsible drinkers. However, it is entirely possible that a person could get pulled over after even having one mere drink and accused of drunk driving. Current penalties associated with drunk driving already can result in serious consequences. However, one senator in the commonwealth wants to see an increase in the penalties a person accused of repeat drunk driving could face.

When is an ignition interlock device required in Pennsylvania?

In Pennsylvania, a law known as the Ignition Interlock Law was enacted in hopes of reducing the number of repeat drunk driving offenses. An ignition interlock device is a machine that can be mounted on an automobile's steering column. The machine is designed to stop a person from being able to operate the automobile if they are drunk. The driver is required to blow into the ignition interlock device to start the car. If the device picks up the presence of alcohol, the automobile will not start.

What are the penalties for a person's third DUI in Philadelphia?

While drinking alcohol can be a fine way to unwind or let loose, it can also lead to allegations of drunk driving, which can have a lasting impact on an individual's life. Those who are convicted of this crime can face harsh penalties, a damages reputation, and a criminal record that can haunt them for years to come.

Philadelphia-area councilman charged with second DUI

Driving is something many people do every day in Philadelphia. Motor vehicles make life convenient and allow people to get to work, run errands, see friends and family, and go to social gatherings. However, when people do not drive safely, their modes of transportation can turn into dangerous weapons. This why there are laws against doing things that distract drivers, such as drinking and driving.

What are the penalties for a second DUI in Philadelphia?

There are many different social occasions that people attend during the holiday season. There are parties for work and social organizations, and families also get together in celebration of the season. It is generally a festive time when alcohol is involved. Alcohol can sometimes make the party a little more fun and help people get through some potentially awkward situations. However, it can also lead to regretful decisions or allegations of criminal wrongdoing.

Higher standard for DUIs involving commercial and school vehicles

Consuming alcohol can be a nice way to relieve stress, or to simply allow a person to let loose a little bit for an evening. In moderation, generally, there is nothing wrong with doing this. However, while alcohol can be a good way to let loose, it also can impair one's ability to perform certain tasks. One of these is driving a vehicle. Due to the harm impaired drivers can cause, drinking and driving is illegal, and the penalties for engaging in it can be very harsh.

An alleged drunk driver struck a police car in Philadelphia

There are many people who own vehicles and drive in Philadelphia every day. These drivers have a duty to drive responsibly to protect themselves and the other drivers on the road. To assist in keeping everyone safe, there are also many traffic rules and laws that drivers must obey. These laws include speed limits, stop lights, signs, lanes and many others.

Requirement for drug and alcohol assessments after a DUI

Many people enjoy alcohol from time to time in Philadelphia? While there is nothing illegal about consuming alcohol if the person is 21 or older, many decisions people make after drinking too much can get them in trouble. Some of these decisions just lead to personal problems with friends or family, but others lead to trouble with the law. One illegal decision that people make is to get behind the wheel after consuming too much alcohol.

Protecting your rights after being charged with a DUI

There are many laws in Pennsylvania that pertain to DUIs. There are different penalties based on a driver's blood alcohol concentration, or BAC, and whether it is the driver's first DUI or if they have had prior DUIs. These penalties affect both the driver's criminal record as well as their driver's license. They can face fines and jail time and lose their driver's license for a period of time. They also may be required to install ignition interlock in their vehicle and have to attend driving safety classes.

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