SACRAMENTO – The California State Senate today unanimously approved 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 would expand California’s pilot program for ignition interlock devices statewide, requiring all convicted DUI offenders to use them.
“The Legislature sent a powerful message today that California should increase the use of life-saving ignition interlock devices,” said Bates. “I commend Senator Jerry Hill for his steadfast leadership on this issue and we hope that Governor Brown will sign the bipartisan bill into law in the near future.”
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 would 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.
SB 1046 will next go to the governor for his consideration. The Assembly unanimously approved the bill on Tuesday.