News Conference to Focus on Impact, Implementation of PA’s DUI Ignition Interlock Law

Senator John C. Rafferty (R-44) will hold a news conference at noon on Thursday, August 24 in the State Capitol Media Center with lawmakers, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Parents Against Impaired Driving, law enforcement, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and other advocacy groups.

“Ignition interlocks are smart on crime and proven to stop drunk-driving attempts,” stated Senator Rafferty, Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee.  “With this new law, ignition interlocks will be available to more individuals and allow them to be productive members of society in a strictly-controlled environment while serving their drunk-driving sentence.”

The speakers will discuss the impact and implementation of the state’s new ignition interlock law, Act 33 of 2016, and related ignition interlock provisions in Act 30 of 2017.

The new law requires most first-time offenders of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) to install ignition interlocks on their vehicles for at least one year.

Following the news conference (at approximately 12:45 p.m.), there will be an ignition interlock demonstration, organized by the Pennsylvania DUI Association, in a vehicle for all attendees and the media.   

The vehicle will be parked in Parking Space 31 on the Parking Plaza (adjacent to the main entrance facing 3rd Street of the Capitol).  When you exit the main entrance of the Capitol, this parking space is to the right (in the direction of the State Museum).

The news conference will be streamed live at   


CONTACT: Nolan Ritchie (717) 787-1398