Although ignition interlock devices have been used increasingly by law enforcement as a requirement for convicted DUI offenders, not every California offender is required to have them installed in their vehicles. In most cases, IIDs are used for multiple offenders or as pilot programs in only four California counties. A new bill that passed the California Senate at the end of May could make IIDs a requirement for all DUI offenders across the state.
The bill – SB 1046 – was passed unanimously by the Senate and will now be sent to the Assembly for approval. Should it become law, California residents convicted of DUIs would be required to do the following:
- Install an IID on their vehicle for a length of time determined by the severity of their offense. In some cases, IIDs may be required for over a year.
- Provide a breath sample before starting their vehicle and provide additional breath samples while driving for extended periods of time.
- Pay for installation of the device, monthly or periodic calibration and maintenance fees, and service fees for removing the IID.
IIDs can be a considerable burden on motorists, not only for the constant and long-term requirements imposed on offenders, but also due to the costs of servicing the devices themselves. When these expenses and limitations are taken into consideration with other DUI penalties already in place – including fines, fees, court-ordered classes, probation, and possible jail time – it becomes clear that receiving a DUI in the state of California can be a devastating experience.
Although it remains to be seen whether SB 1046 will become law, many experts believe that there is enough support to pass the measure. At any rate, the movement should send a clear message to individuals arrested for DUI in California that these charges are not to be taken lightly.
If you or someone you know has been charged for DUI in Orange County, CA, the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. is available to help you learn more about your case, your rights, and what we can do to help. Visit our website at DUIqueen.com or call (877) DUI-Queen.