SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – A bill to require breathalyzers be installed in cars driven by DUI offenders who want their licenses back is now on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk.READ MORE: Santa Clara Shoe Store Ransacked in Late Night Smash-and-Grab Robbery
SB1046 by State Senator Jerry Hill of San Mateo was passed unanimously by the State Senate 39-0 on Thursday. On Tuesday, the Assembly approved the bill by a vote of 79-0.
Hill told KCBS the goal of his bill is simple. “This will keep drunk drivers off the road,” he said.READ MORE: COVID Omicron: Rush To Vaccinate In East Bay As New Variant Emerges
There is some leeway for first-time DUI offenders who didn’t cause any injuries. In those cases, a judge could decide whether a device would be warranted.
But for any subsequent offenses, the legislation requires an ignition interlock device would be mandatory, although the length of time it would remain on the vehicle would vary from one to three years.MORE NEWS: Lee Elder, 1st Black Golfer To Play Masters, Dies At Age 87
If Brown signs the law, it would take effect in 2019.