California Senate Committee Approves Drunken Driving Measure
The Senate Public Safety Committee has unanimously approved SB 1046, sponsored by State Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo).
An ignition interlock is a cell-phone-sized breathalyzer that’s wired into a vehicle’s ignition system. A convicted drunk driver must blow a sober reading into it before the vehicle will start.
Mary Klotzbach, national board member of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, said her son was killed in 2001 by a drunk driver who had numerous DUI arrests.
“If a judge had taken it seriously on his first offense, and assigned him one of these, we’d be looking at a different story," Klotzbach said.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average offender has driven drunk more than 80 times before their first arrest.
“It’s a behavior pattern that needs to be stopped, and issuing an ignition interlock for one of these folks is going to change that behavior,” Klotzbach said.