California DUI Offenders Required to Install Ignition

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( — December 31, 2015) — California DUI Offenders Continue to Be Required to Install Ignition Interlock Devices. California’s Ignition Interlock Devices or IID pilot program has been extended starting New Year’s Day.  This pilot program, also known as Senate Bill 61 (SB 61) would require convicted first-time DUI offenders to install IID’s in their cars that will test the driver’s breath for alcohol before allowing the car to start.  If the resultant breath-alcohol concentration analyzed result is greater than the programmed blood alcohol concentration (which varies between countries), the device prevents the engine from being started.

Mother Against Drunk Driving held a press conference this month stating that more than one million incidents were prevented since 2010 thanks to pilot programs using the device.

Other states, such as Arizona and New Mexico have recorded a reduction in DUI related deaths by 30 to 40 percent after introducing IID’s.

SB 61 is one of many laws being implemented on the turn of the new year. For more legislature that will be going in effect, visit the California Legislative Counsel website at


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