Pennsylvania DUI Association reports York County had 4th most participants for ignition interlocks

Dep. Benny Lopez prepares to handcuff a man being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence at a DUI checkpoint on the business loop of Interstate 83 Friday, April 23, 2010. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS - KATE PENN

Dep. Benny Lopez prepares to handcuff a man being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence at a DUI checkpoint on the business loop of Interstate 83 Friday, April 23, 2010. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS – KATE PENN

Team DUI, the Pennsylvania DUI Association, reported Tuesday that more than 5,000 repeat DUI offenders drove 57.3 million miles in Pennsylvania in 2013 using ignition interlocks, according to a news release.

The Pennsylvania DUI law requires anyone convicted of impaired driving two or more times to have an ignition interlock device installed on any vehicle he or she operates, owns or leases.

According to the Ignition Interlock Quality Assurance Program, 49,094 attempts to drive impaired were stopped as a result of the required Ignition Interlock Law for repeat DUI offenders, resulting in safer roadways throughout Pennsylvania.

“Ignition interlock is a device that is installed on motor vehicles to prohibit individuals under the influence of alcohol from operating a motor vehicle,” according to the news release. “Individuals are required to blow into the device before starting the vehicle. If the device detects alcohol, it will prevent the vehicle from starting.”

In 2013, there were 5,610 interlock installations in Pennsylvania.

Allegheny County had the highest number of interlock participants, consisting of 9.4 percent of the total installs. Following Allegheny County; Bucks County with 6.9 percent, York County with 6.1 percent, Montgomery County with 5.3 percent.

About Rebecca Hanlon

Rebecca Hanlon is the health reporter with a religion sub beat at the York Daily Record/Sunday News. Follow her on Twitter @mrsbeccahanlon or on Facebook at facebook.com/byrebeccahanlon.
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