CA: State Legislature Has Major Opportunity to Deter Drunk Driving

  • April 11, 2024
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Advocates supports Assembly Bill (AB) 2210 to require ignition interlock devices (IID) for all first time convicted drunk drivers, giving California the opportunity to join the 35 states and Washington, DC that have made their roads safer by enacting an all offender IID law. Under current law courts may order IIDs for first time offenders but IIDs are not required, except for injury related crashes and repeat offenders. AB 2210 would close this dangerous gap in California’s IID law. Information from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) on the effectiveness of IIDs in California notes that over the past 16 years, IIDs prevented 347,604 attempts to drive drunk which equates to nearly 22,000 per year. Expanding the law to include all first time offenders would improve the effectiveness of the IID program and help prevent drunk driving. Read our letter of support here.