2010 Virginia General Assembly Considers Tougher DUI Laws
Another problem with these laws is the fact that Virginia has awarded a monopoly to one company to install these devices. Therefore, the company has no incentive to get these devices installed immediately so people can keep their jobs. Once someone is convicted in Virginia, they cannot drive until this device is installed. However, these individuals are often placed in a Catch 22 because they are unable to get their device installed for a period of time that may even be weeks down the road.
The Mothers Against Drunk Drivers are now trying to go to the federal government to pass a federal ignition interlock bill. Again, this type of legislation which would deny federal highway funds to any state that didn’t pass such legislation really goes against the idea that the federal government should stay out of state matters. However, this is the exact strategy that was used when the Clinton administration agreed to a bill that tied receipt of federal highway funds to having a legal limit of 0.08 blood alcohol content. Regardless of your feelings towards alleged drunk drivers, this federal usurpation of states' rights should be concerning to all Americans.