Governor Jerry Brown today signed bipartisan legislation written by Democratic Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties) and co-authored by Republican Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and others that will expand California’s pilot program for ignition interlock devices statewide, requiring all convicted DUI offenders to use them.
“Expanding the use of ignition interlock devices will help make California’s roads safer in the long-run and save lives,” said Bates. “Today’s bill signing is the culmination of a lot of hard work by Senator Hill, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and others. I commend them for their leadership as I was proud to co-author this sensible measure.”
Ignition interlock devices are currently required for DUI offenders in Alameda, Los Angeles, Sacramento and Tulare counties. The devices test the breath of a driver and prevent a car from starting if the driver has been drinking. Senate Bill 1046 will expand the use of ignition interlock devices to all 58 California counties. According to a recent Mothers Against Drug Driving (MADD) study, these devices have prevented more than 1 million attempts to drink and drive in California between 2010 and 2015.