The car accident that caused the wrongful death of a baseball player from the Los Angeles of Anaheim could result in a new law that could prevent repeat drunk driving DUI offenders.
The proposed law, Assembly Bill 91, would require people convicted of driving under the influence in five California counties (Alameda, Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego and Sacramento) to install an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) in their car. These counties were chosen because of their high drunk driving rates in the state.
Our drunk-driving accident attorneys know that drunk-driving (DUI) is a top cause of automobile accidents. If you are charged with a driving under the influence of alcohol, there is very little wiggle room in the law. Lobbyists from the American Beverage Institute have opposed the bill saying the measure is too harsh on first-time offenders. We say that measure is just about right.
The wrongful death of the athlete makes it clear that something needs to be done to prevent repeat drunk-driving because all too often it leads to car accidents. The driver of the car that killed this man was driving with a suspended license from a previous DUI charge.
The IID consists of a Breathalyzer-type device installed to the car’s ignition system. If the driver breathes a blood alcohol content (BAC) higher than .08, the ignition system locks up and prevents the driver from starting the car. This measure prevents drunk drivers from getting back on the road and possible causing a car accident.
A similar move was made in New Mexico, and studies showed that the same system led to a 60 percent reduction in the number of repeat drunk driving DUI offenses.
Our firm’s drunk-driving accident attorneys are all too familiar with the pain and suffering that comes with a DUI accident that takes the life of a motorist. Anything that can be done to prevent drunk drivers behind the wheel can and should be done.
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