The following article is a guest posting from one of our readers:
Starting July 2010, a new ignition interlock law will go into effect in the state of California. The law states that an ignition interlock must be installed into the vehicle of any owner who is convicted of a DUI offense. The law is a pilot project that will first be tested in Alameda, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Tulare counties and will run from July 1st, 2010 to January 2016. At that time, law makers will look into this law and analyze its effectiveness.
Ignition interlock laws are a heavily debated issue. While some people believe that ignition interlocks are too harsh of a punishment for a one-time DUI offender whose BAC at the time of arrest is just above the limit. Furthermore, drivers who do have ignition interlocks find it to be very inconvenient and frustrating. Others think this is an excellent way to keep California roads safer, while still allowing people who have made mistakes to drive and make a living.
There are around 200,000 DUI arrests in the state of California per year. This law is going to affect a lot of California drivers. If you would like more information, Smart Start of California’s website has a lot of useful articles about CA laws and ignition interlock devices.