Kern County Spared From The IID Pilot Program

Recently, the state of California implemented a pilot program to have all DUI offenders install an ignition interlock in all cars they own upon conviction for any drunk driving offense, VC23152 and VC 23153.  Many counties were included but Kern opted out and remains one of the few that does not mandate the installation of such machines for DWI violators.  The counties of Alameda, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Tulare are participants in a pilot program in which the DMV requires a defendant convicted of Veh C §23152 or §23153 to install and maintain an ignition interlock device (IID) on any vehicle owned or operated by the defendant for a specified term as a condition of being issued a restricted driver’s license, being issued a driver’s license, or having the privilege to operate a vehicle reinstated. The applicable law is found in VC 23700.  In the coming years the program will audit the efficacy of the devices for first offenders in CA.  The consensus among legal practitioners however is that the devices are unnecessary and serve no legitimate purpose to deter first offender drunk drivers from committing a subsequent driving under the influence violation.  It seems the only real winners, according to the experts, are the companies that stand to profit handsomely from the new law.  Some Judges and probation officers are just now starting to realize the idiocy of requiring a person with no previous criminal record to have the device in their automobiles.  Most first time DUI offenders will tell you that they learned their lesson from the arrest, fines, fees, schools, and other onerous conditions imposed and will not re-offend, particularly during the first five months after the conviction which is when the IID will remain in the vehicle.  Your intelligent comments are welcomed.

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