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New bill in California will affect DUI offenders

MADD, or Mothers Against Drunk Driving, in California has been making an effort to keep repeat DUI offenders off the road. These efforts are being made with proposed legislation known as Senate Bill 1046. This bill will make it mandatory for any person who receives a DUI in the state of California to put an ignition interlock device in his or her car -- even if it is his or her first offense.

The ignition interlock device works by having a driver blow and hum into this device. If alcohol is detected by the machine, the person's vehicle will not be able to start. These devices are currently being tested out in a few California counties on motorists with DUIs.

Other states, including Texas, Arizona and New Mexico, have previously passed laws that require ignition interlock devices for any motorist who has been caught drinking and driving or driving while under the influence of drugs. Some people question the need for an ignition interlock law in California since DUI offenders in the state already face hefty fines, jail time and DUI classes. However, MADD and one county prosecutor said they have seen individuals continue to get DUIs and ignore the fact that their driving privileges have been suspended.

When a person is arrested for DUI in California, he or she has the right to defend himself or herself at trial. Prosecutors must prove these charges beyond a reasonable doubt or else no conviction can take place. The person may also pursue negotiations for a plea deal with the prosecution, which may lead to a more lenient sentence than what would usually result following a guilty verdict at trial.

Source:, "Proposed Law Aims to Limit Repeated DUI Offenses", Kay Recede, May 9, 2016

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