California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 1046, which enforces ignition interlock devices. Starting January 1, 2019, ignition interlocks will be required for DUI offenders. We have been hearing about this program, pushed by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, for several years. It has been tested and used throughout the country to see if it was a successful program.
The pilot program started in 2010 and was tested in Los Angeles, Alameda, Sacramento, and Tulare Counties. The devices have prevented 125,000 attempts to drive by users who had a blood-alcohol content of .08 percent or higher.
The DMV also released a report that found ignition interlock devices are 74% more effective than license suspensions.
How will the Ignition Interlock Devices be enforced?
• With first time DUI offence that involves an injury, the Ignition Interlock Device will be required for six months.
• First time DUI offender with no injury can choose to have the Ignition Interlock Device for six months with full driving privileges or a one-year restricted license that only allows the offender to drive to work while also taking a treatment program.
• Second time DUI offenders will require the Ignition Interlock Device for one year.
• Third time DUI offenders will require the Ignition Interlock Device for two years
• Individuals who have 4 or more DUIs will be required to have the device for three years.
The Ignition Interlock Device costs $60 to $80 per month with an installation fee anywhere between $70 to $150. There will be assistance programs for low-income individuals who cannot afford the installation fee.
The Ignition Interlock Device is currently required in 28 states and will very likely be required in all 50 states in the near future.