A bill requiring most convicted drunken drivers to install ignition interlock devices that would prevent them from driving while intoxicated was signed into state law last Fall by California Gov. Jerry Brown.
Senate Bill 1046 will expand an existing four-county pilot program that requires the devices, which are essentially in-vehicle Breathalyzers. Authored by st ate Sen. Jerry Hill of San Mateo, the bill will require or allow use of ignition interlock devices — aka as IIDs — in several circumstances:
- For a first DUI offense involving an injury, an IID would be required for six months
- For first non-injury DUI offense, an offender may choose to have an IID for six months with full driving privileges, or a one-year restricted license that only allows driving to work, alongside a treatment program
- For a second DUI offense, an IID would be required for a year
- For a third DUI, an IID would be required for two years
- For fourth and subsequent DUIs, IIDs would be required for three years.