HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf will sign a measure that expands Pennsylvania’s ignition lock law to first-time drunken drivers.
The Senate passed the measure unanimously Wednesday. The House passed the bill Monday after several years of work to expand Pennsylvania’s 2003 law that requires repeat drunk-driving offenders to use the devices for one year.
Under the bill, a first-time convicted drunk driver with an illegal blood-alcohol concentration of 0.10 or higher could drive with an ignition interlock for one year, in lieu of a suspended license. Senate officials say nearly every other state has a similar law.
The provision wouldn’t take effect for 15 months.
Also, certain repeat drunk-driving offenders would become eligible to resume driving with an ignition lock during the period that their license was suspended.