Friday, November 4, 2011

CT to Begin Requiring Ignition Locks on Vehicles for DUI Offenders

Public Act 11-51 §§ 216-220 make some significant changes to the penalty for driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs in Connecticut. These provisions go into affect on January 1, 2012. First, this Act provides that in addition to a fine and term of imprisonment (or community service), an offender will have their license suspended for a period of forty-five days. Following the forty-five day suspension, the offender can have their license restored only if they have installed a functioning, approved ignition interlock device, which must remain installed for a year. An "ignition interlock device" means a device installed in a motor vehicle that measures the blood alcohol content of the operator and disallows the mechanical operation of such motor vehicle until the blood alcohol content of such operator is less than twenty-five thousandths of one per cent.

Find out more about this public act at our website http://www.bpslawyers.com/Articles/Criminal-Law-Update.shtml

Have questions or comments? Email law clerk Cody Guarnieri at cguarnieri@bpslawyers.com.