Police and advocate groups have been trying for years to convince drivers to not drive drunk, and just recently lawmakers decided to look into making changes to vehicles in an effort to combat drunk driving. These efforts may include new technology in the future that could reduce DUI crashes.

Currently, research is being conducted about how to design and build cars that detect a driver's intoxication level through their skin or breath. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is pushing for more technology changes like this so that cars would be equipped with alcohol-detection equipment. They are also urging lawmakers to make ignition interlock devices mandatory after any and all DUI convictions, which is currently not the case in Virginia.

Laws Surrounding Virginia Ignition Interlock Devices

Ignition interlock devices measure the alcohol in a driver's breath prior to allowing the driver to start their car. Under current Virginia DUI law, these devices are mandatory for people convicted of a blood alcohol level of 0.15 or higher.

When this happens, an ignition interlock device is placed on a person's car in all Virginia DWI cases that involve a test result of this amount or more. Ignition interlocks are also required in a Virginia DUI after a second, third, fourth or more conviction.

These devices can stay there for at least six months, but it depends on the court's orders. An attorney skilled in Virginia DUI law will be able to talk with the court regarding the removal of your ignition interlock device. Sometimes a court will be open to removing an ignition interlock device after six months, if you have no further violations.
The Wilson Law Firm may be able to help you regarding your Virginia DUI conviction and ignition interlock device. Contact us today and speak with a skilled Northern Virginia DUI defense lawyer at (800) DUI - LWYR or (703) 361-6100 in a free legal consultation.

You can also request a copy of our FREE book, DUI/DWI Arrest Survival Guide - The Guilt Myth, which answers frequently asked questions and explains more about Virginia DUI laws.