Ignition Interlock Support Grows

California is well known for its number of DUIs annually. Currently, four counties in California require the installation of ignition interlock devices on the vehicles of those convicted for first time DUI. A bill in the California Senate looks to expand that requirement statewide.

Greg Suhr, a San Francisco police chief has joined with Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD), in urging a senate committee to pass legislation regarding DUI convictions. The legislation would require those convicted of first time DUIs to install ignition interlock devices onto their vehicles.

Currently, a pilot program in Alameda, Sacramento, Los Angeles, and Tulare requires all convicted DUI offenders to have the devices installed. The legislation that is being advocated would expand that requirement to all California counties.

Ignition Interlock Devices, commonly referred to as IIDs, test a driver’s blood-alcohol content before starting the car. If the device detects alcohol on the breath of the driver, the vehicle will not start. This will prevent drunk drivers from being able to drive their vehicles.

Joining those expected to urge the bill’s passing on Monday, March 28th will be Senator Jerry Hill and families of people killed by drunk drivers. They will all be present at the committee meeting being held at the San Francisco Police Department Headquarters.

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