Sacramento-area mother Judy Utter has a personal reason for supporting the bill. Her 18-year-old daughter was killed in an accident in 1990, when she was riding with a friend.
“He was speeding and intoxicated and hit a utility pole and she was killed in the crash…”
Lawmakers say ignition interlock devices will reduce the number of alcohol involved crashes. They require a driver to blow into an installed breathalyzer. If there is measurable alcohol, the car won’t start. Judges currently have some discretion to require the use of these devices. Bill co-author Assemblyman Todd Spitzer says the time for that is over.
“We don’t want judges to be able to decide on a case by case basis who gets it and who doesn’t get it…”
The CHP says more than fifteen hundred people were killed in alcohol related crashes in California in 2005.