One state senator introducing a bill to help restrict drivers convicted of a DUI.
State Senator Jerry Hill, San Mateo/Santa Clara, says the bill is designed to keep drunk drivers off the road.
Each year, more than 1000 Californians are killed by drunk drivers and over 20-thousand are injured. An ignition interlock device is connected to a vehicle’s ignition and requires a breath sample before the engine starts. The device prevents the car’s engine from starting if the device detects a blood alcohol level that exceeds a pre-set limit.
Senator Hill says similar programs are successful in a number of other states.*
Under current California law, installation of IIDs is optional for DUI offenders. Only about 20 percent of those who have a choice of installing an IID or driving on a restricted license, opt for IID installation.
SB 61 is consistent with the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) recent recommendation that all people convicted of drunk driving should have ignition interlock devices installed in their cars.