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Update: Mandatory Ignition Interlock Devices in California?


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11/17/2008
Vaughan de Kirby
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As I mentioned in a previous blog (Mandatory Ignition Interlock Devices in California?), the California State Assembly is currently considing a bill (AB 2784) that would require ignition interlock devices for all DUI convictions.

For those who have never heard of this technology, Ignition Interlock devices (IDDs) are machines that can be installed in a car, which will prevent the car from starting unless the driver passes the machines’ built-in breathalyzer test. IDDs are typically reserved for repeat offenders in California. If the bill passes, California would join the four other states that currently make these devices mandatory for every conviction. There are also twelve other states that are considering similar bills during this legislative term.

A news conference was recently held in which California Highway Patrol Commissioner Joe Farrow and MADD National CEO Chuck Hurley endorsed the bill, alongside Assembly member Mike Feuer, the bill’s sponsor.

Supporters of the bill argue that IDDs are a highly effective means of preventing drunk driving, citing the prevalence of repeat offenses.

On April 9th, the Assembly Public Safety Committee approved the bill with a vote of 6 to 1. Next week, it will go before the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

For more information on ignition interlock devices, see the following Frequently Asked Questions:

What is an ignition interlock device?
Will I be required to install an ignition interlock device?
How much does an ignition interlock device cost?
Can I fool an ignition interlcok device?



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