The California Department of Motor Vehicles released a list of approved Senate and Assembly bills that drivers can expect to see this coming year. Amongst the bills is SB 61.
SB 61 extends California’s Ignition Interlock Device (IID) pilot program to July 1, 2017.
Under the current pilot program, drivers convicted of a first-time California DUI in Alameda, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Tulare counties must install an IID for five months upon eligibility to drive either with a restricted license or a full reinstatement of driving privileges. The pilot program also requires an IID for 12 months for a second-time DUI, 24 months for a third DUI, and 36 months for a fourth or subsequent DUI.
The program was set to run to January 1, 2016. The purpose of the program is to provide the DMV with data on the effectiveness of IIDs in preventing drunk driving. The DMV will report to the Legislature on its findings who will then decide if installation of an IID will become a mandatory and permanent condition of probation following a California DUI conviction.