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Virginia Toughens Ignition Interlock Legislation

March 12, 2012

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell signed updated legislation that requires ignition interlock devices to be installed in the vehicles of first-time drunken drivers.

Virginia's new legislation requires ignition interlock devices to be installed in the vehicles of first-time drunken drivers as a condition of a restricted license. The law takes effect on July 1, 2012 and toughens the current legislation mandating ignition interlocks only for repeat drunken drivers and first-time offenders whose blood alcohol content is .15 percent. Ignition interlocks are recommended by The Community Guide as an effective way to reduce alcohol impaired driving and can render a car inoperable if they detect that a driver has had a drink within the hour or if the driver has a blood alcohol concentration above a specified level (usually 0.02% – 0.04%).

To view The Community Guide recommendation on reducing alcohol impaired driving through the use of ignition interlocks, visit The Community Guide's website.