It’s no surprise. The companies that manufacture, install, and maintain ignition interlock devices – IIDs – want more state laws requiring drivers to use the devices. One proposal currently being considered in Sacramento would require all offenders convicted of DUI in California to install IIDs in their vehicles. However, beyond the state-level lobbying efforts, there’s a greater effort to install IID devices in every vehicle in the country. If you’re charged with DUI in southern California, you may or may not be ordered to use an IID device if you’re convicted, but first, you should fight the charge with the help of an experienced California DUI attorney based in Orange County.
In 2008, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) initiated an effort to make ignition interlock devices standard equipment on all vehicles. NHTSA and the Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety – a group funded by auto makers – have budgeted $10 million to solicit research and development on the widespread use of the technology. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has asked Congress for another $60 million for alcohol detection research and development. Nissan has already developed a high-tech, DUI-preventing smart car which contains several types of alcohol-detection sensors and devices. For example, an alcohol sensor built into the transmission shift knob can detect alcohol in a driver’s palm sweat, and the transmission will lock, bringing the vehicle to a stop.
Many are excited by the prospect of universal IID use and the protection it will provide the public. Of course, if the devices are as inaccurate as the breathalyzer devices sometimes used by police officers today, that protection will not be as extensive as some hope. Universal IID use is probably inevitable in the next few years, but for now, if you’re accused of DUI in southern California, put your case immediately in the hands of an experienced, Orange County-based California DUI attorney.