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More Va. Drivers Have Interlock Device in Their Vehicle

July 30, 2013

A program put in place last year is keeping more drunk drivers off the road.

Auto club, AAA, reports 8,500 drivers in the past year have had ignition interlock devices placed in their vehicles.

That's up 75 percent over previous years.

The installation of the device is part of a law that took effect in 2012 that requires first-time DUI offenders to pass a breathalyzer test every time they drive. If the driver fails the test, then the car will not start.

In Virginia, all interlock devices are set to detect a blood alcohol content of 0.02, which is below the legal limit of 0.08.

"Just because the legal limit of intoxication is .08 does not mean that that person might be impaired to drive at a .04, even at a .03," says Smart Start state director John Honea.

In Virginia, the interlock device is required to be with the car for a total of six months after conviction. If the driver has no violations during that period, then the device is removed.

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