In Pennsylvania I want to know where to begin to fight PennDOT to change their driving penalties for DUI.?

I want to fight for more options for someone with multiple DUI’s who has changed their life around for restoring even limited driving privileges. An example of that would be the option to pay for the interlock system to have the ability to KEEP our lives in the right direction. That way we are still “monitored” to ensure we are not driving drunk and at the same time we are getting some “credit” for changing our lives, doing the right thing and living a productive responsible life.

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  • K W

    That was tested and did not work! Why? Well, the court indicated that the interlock would be placed on the person’s car. So, this allowed this person to drive other vehicles (e.g. rent cars, friends, etc.).

    Therefore, that is not going to work. Why give them other chances? You indicated for people who have “multiple DUIs”. Well, since they did not learn there lesson the first, second, etc., then what makes you think they deserve another chance or that they are better? According to these multiple DUIs, it would not appear they are better!

  • Chris

    Talk to your state Representative about having the law changed.

    Mothers Against Drunk Driving has a few thousand members, you will need to have at least that many people backing you up to change the laws.

  • ablex

    Contact your state Representatives and Senators.

  • sillyme:-)

    Pennsylvania Law
    There are different kinds of laws, like administrative law, civil law, common law, applicable law, etc. Administrative law, or law that is used to govern people, is defined as a set of rules or norms of conduct which forbid authorization or permit specified relationships among people and organizations, provide methods for ensuring the impartial treatment of such people, and provide punishments for those who do not follow the established rules of conduct.

    The law in Pennsylvania is typically administered through a system of courts where the judges hear disputes of both parties. In order to provide a judgment that is just and fair they apply a set of rules. The manner of administering law is called the legal system, which has developed through tradition in each country.

    The legal system or the administrative law differs in each country. Like all American states, Pennsylvania has a government ruled under law. This government is separated into executive, legislative and judiciary branches. The legislature is an officially elected body of people with the responsibility to make laws for a political unit such as a state or nation. The executive branch gets more access than the private parties to closed-door legislative negotiations.

    Without the fear of public scrutiny, administration officials can wield the threat of a presidential veto. Since 1790, Pennsylvania has had a two-chambered legislature, with a General Assembly that consists of a Senate with 50 members and a House of Representatives with 203 members.

    Pennsylvania’s entire judicial system is under the supervision of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, which is also the final appellate court for both the Superior Court and the Commonwealth Court. It also hears appeals directly from the Courts of Common Pleas in certain cases, including murder convictions in which the death penalty applies. These bodies help the Pennsylvanian government to carry on their duties based on the laws and statutes.

    Pennsylvania Law provides detailed information on Pennsylvania Law, Pennsylvania State Law, Pennsylvania DUI Law

    http://the-court-of-public-opinion.com/tag/Pennsylvania-DUI-Law/

    Want to know about DUI laws?
    It is a crime in all 50 states to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) at or above .08%.

    If you’re convicted of DUI, you could face significant penalties, which vary from state to state but may include:

    Loss or suspension of driver’s license
    Probation;
    Community service;
    Fines;
    License plate suspension;
    Seizure of your vehicle;
    Mandatory drug/alcohol counseling/classes;
    Jail or prison time;
    Installation of an ignition interlock device;
    Requirement of high-risk (high-cost) insurance; and/or
    Liability for any personal or property damage you caused.

    http://www.clearyourdui.com/pc/2/what-is-dui.asp

    Can you challenge your DUI charges?
    Probably.

    Consider asking a DUI lawyer which common challenges would most likely reduce the impact of your DUI charges.

    What are common DUI challenges?
    Your arrest. The 4th Amendment protects you from unreasonable search and seizure, i.e. being arrested without probable cause.
    Your questioning. If you weren’t read your Miranda rights (right to remain silent, right to a lawyer, etc.), evidence gathered during your arrest may be inadmissible.
    Your breathalyzer or blood alcohol test. Malfunctioning equipment, inaccurate formulas, and incompetent technicians could skew results.
    The arresting officer’s testimony. Your arresting officer could have botched a field sobriety test or given inaccurate testimony, as examples.
    DUI laws vary from state to state, so the best way to find out which of these challenges apply to your case is to contact a DUI lawyer who practices in your area.

    http://www.clearyourdui.com/pc/2/dui-challenges.asp

  • ornery and mean

    The way I see it … the state does not hide the penalty for DWI, in fact they make it quite well known.

    The first DWI results in fairly harsh punishment, as it should. Do it again and the penalty is more extreme, no problem there. Keep committing the same offense and you are convicted as a habitual offender, not a problem in my book.

    A habitual drunk driver knows (or should know) the penalty for committing the offense. Once they are faced with an extreme penalty like revoked driving privileges for many years most of these drivers scream “I have seen the light! Just one more chance, I’ll do right this time! I SWEAR not one more drop of alcohol will touch these lips EVER!”

    Reality time: Just ONE accident while drunk has the ability to confine a law abiding citizen to a wheelchair for LIFE. or even cause the DEATH of another driver. How many chances should we give people who knowingly violate the law? 5? 10? 50? Should we just keep letting them drive until they do cause an accident? Wait until they kill someone?

    There are other ways to get around, bus, taxi, friends with cars, walking, bicycle, etc. Sorry …i just can’t work up any sympathy for a habitual drunk driver, I used to work in an emergency room. I know the effect drunk driving has on other drivers!

    When the state requires an ignition lock on a drunk’s car … they borrow a car to go drinking in.