New ignition interlock law aims to save lives

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Pennsylvania is cracking down on drunk driving after new legislation is passed.

A new law will require most convicted first time drunk drivers to use ignition interlocks for at least 12 months after conviction.

Compared to a suspended license under previous legislation, the interlock system will require the driver to blow into the system to detect a zero blood alcohol content before the car will start.

The law was supported by Sen. Sean Wiley and Sen. John Rafferty.

The new legislation will go into effect next year.

According to statistics compiled by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, nearly 2 million drunk-driving attempts have been stopped with ignition interlock devices, including more than 78,000 instances in Pennsylvania between 2003 and 2015.

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