Yesterday California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill into law requiring first-time DUI offenders be required to have breathalyzer ignition locks installed in their cars as detailed in an article in the Sacramento Bee. The law affects four California counties and will require the driver to have the device installed for five months following his or her first conviction. It is part of a six-year pilot project in the counties of Sacramento, Los Angeles, Tulare and Alameda.
California already allows interlock ignition devices to be used at a judge’s discretion but now DUI offenders will be notified that they are required to pay to have the devices installed on all vehicles they use with the exception of motorcycles. For second-time offenders the device will be installed for a year and for third time conviction it will be required for two years. The device costs between $75-100 and monthly monitoring costs are about $50.
If you have been charged with a DUI in Tampa or Hillsborough County, please do not hesitate to contact Tampa DUI Attorney Stephen Higgins, Esq. at 1-800-FIGHT-IT (1800-344-4848) to discuss the matter. Also you can contact Stephen in our new Tampa office located at 3426 W. Kennedy Blvd.