In 2010, California law makers passed Assembly Bill 91 which provided judges with the option of requiring first-time DUI offenders to install ignition interlock devices (IID) into their cars in four California countries. Since then, the program has been associated with the decline of drunk driving re-offense rates. With the pilot program expiring in January, lawmakers are considering expanding the program to the whole state of California.
The IID Device
This device is a professionally installed machine which requires drivers to blow into a breathalyzer and measure under the legal limit before their engine will start. Once started, the machine requires the driver to re-blow into it in set intervals during their drive time to prevent them from drinking after the car has started. IID's generally cost about $100 to install and about $60-$100 a month to lease.
Proposed IID Program
The California Senate Public Safety Committee voted unanimously to approve the new ignition interlock device program proposed in bill SB 1046. The bill still has a few fences to cross before it becomes a law but many speculate it will pass due to the overall support it has received.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) supports the device because research has proven it saves lives. In a study by the University of Pennsylvania, fatalities if the 25 states with ignition interlock laws have gone down 15%.
There are some who express concerns about the IID program due to its potential cost to low-income DUI offenders. With an average monthly cost of $60 to $100, the IID's could risk many low-income households to go into debt or be unable to afford their normal bills.
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