California tests car devices for DUI checks

SACRAMENTO – California will test requiring that drivers convicted of drunken driving install devices that block vehicles from starting if alcohol is detected on the drivers’ breath.

The bill by Assemblyman Mike Feuer, a Democrat from Los Angeles, is among those signed into law Sunday by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

It requires installing an ignition interlock device on every vehicle owned or operated by a first-time DUI offender in four counties: Alameda, Los Angeles, Sacramento and Tulare. The law expires in 2016.

Schwarzenegger also signed a bill by Sen. Bob Huff, a Republican from Diamond Bar, that lets repeat drunken drivers apply for restricted licenses if they install ignition interlock devices on their vehicles.

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