What Happens When the Ignition Interlock Device Program Is Violated in Pennsylvania?

Penalties if a Person Tampers with an Ignition Interlock Device under the Ignition Interlock Program.

If you were charged with DUI in PA and mandated to use an Ignition Interlock Device and drive with a limited interlock driver’s license, you are aware that you may only drive the vehicle approved with the device installed.

If any of the stipulations of the agreement are violated, there are tough penalties involved, including a total license suspension for a year (or two), a misdemeanor on your record, up to $1,000 in fines and up to 90 days in jail. All that on top of any other charges that may have occurred, like tampering with the device or driving recklessly, etc.

Many people, for many different types of reasons, are found in violation of the limited license agreement. These reasons can include anything from a medical emergency to incoherence due to addiction or overuse of alcohol or drugs.

Violations of the Ignition Interlock Program in Pennsylvania can include:

  • Operating a vehicle that does not have the approved Ignition Interlock Device;
  • Asking another person to blow into the device (tampering);
  • Being charged with DUI of a controlled substance;
  • Tampering with the device or trying to break it;
  • Registering a blood alcohol content (BAC) level over .025 when blowing into the interlock device three times or more;
  • Failing to blow into the into the device as required while the vehicle is in operation, and;
  • Other violations that may a judge or court may deem plausible.

If you are found in violation of the program, you are required to return the vehicle with the Ignition Interlock device to the service installation center within 5 days (with an additional 5 day grace period). If the vehicle is not returned, it will automatically enter into a permanent lockout status and from there, the vehicle will have to be towed. All of those costs will be your responsibility.

PA Statutes § 3808 (a) and (b)  lay out the law more clearly for illegally operating a motor vehicle not equipped with ignition interlock.

For more information, see our page on the Ignition Interlock Device Program and Limited License.

If you were charged with DUI or are in violation of the Interlock Program, call our Pittsburgh DUI Lawyers who have a thorough understanding of the laws and court process. Our attorneys can help. Call Ketchel Law for a free consultation.



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