Anti-Drunk Driving Bill Passes Committee

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SACRAMENTO--

SB 1046, a bill that would make it more difficult for drunk drivers to get behind the wheel of a car, was passed by the Senate Public Safety Committee 7-0 Tuesday morning.

The bill, authored by Senator Jerry Hill, would make people convicted of drunk driving to install an ignition interlock on their car. The device would require a driver to blow into a breathalyzer before the car would start.

If the blood alcohol level is .08 or above, the car will not start.

The bill if it becomes law, will cost convicted drunk drivers around $75 a month plus some start up fees, but will allow them to keep their license instead of having it suspended.

SB 1046 now heads to an appropriations committee.