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New California Law Creates More Barriers for DUI Offenders

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California DUI defense attorneyWhile the number of people who die in alcohol-related car crashes has been decreasing significantly since the 1980s, it still remains a large issue today. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 11,000 people in the United States died in alcohol-related car accidents in 2017. In California alone, there were 3,602 deaths. In an effort to reduce that number, a new law was passed and went into effect at the beginning of the year that requires both first-time and repeat DUI offenders to install a breath-alcohol ignition interlock device into their vehicle.

SB 1046 Requires Ignition Interlock Installation

According to the new bill, which went into effect Jan. 1, 2019, first-time DUI offenders will now have to choose between:

  1. Six months of full driving privileges with an ignition interlock device installed on their vehicle, or
  2. A restricted driving permit for one year with no ignition interlock device.

If you are a first-time offender and you cause injury to another person, you have no choice but to have an ignition interlock device installed on your vehicle for one year.

What is an Ignition Interlock Device?

California already requires DUI offenders to have an ignition interlock device to be installed on their vehicle in certain circumstances. An ignition interlock device is a small, cell-phone-sized device that is wired to your car and very similar to a breathalyzer. Before you are able to start your car, you must blow into the device, which will measure your breath-alcohol content. If the device detects alcohol on your breath, you will not be able to start the vehicle. Drivers also have to periodically blow into the device while they are driving to ensure that they stay sober during the entire trip.

Are You Facing DUI Charges? Contact a Santa Clara County DUI Defense Lawyer

Being charged with a DUI is no laughing matter. In some cases, a DUI charge can completely turn your life upside down. DUI charges can affect your relationships, your career, and your life, in general. If you are facing DUI-related charges, you need immediate help from a skilled San Francisco DUI defense attorney. At the Law Offices of Erik Steven Johnson, we understand how important it is that you retain your driving privileges. With this new law, it could become more difficult for some people to be able to drive after a DUI arrest. Contact our office today by calling 408-246-3004 to schedule a free consultation.



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