Senate Committee Unanimously Passes Drunk Driving Legislation
SB 1046 Would Require Ignition Interlocks for All Offenders
SACRAMENTO (March 29, 2016) — Today, the California Senate Public Safety Committee voted 7-0 in favor of SB 1046 by Senator Jerry Hill.
SB 1046 would require ignition interlocks for all drunk driving offenders in California. Currently, ignition interlocks are required only in four counties as part of a pilot program: Alameda, Los Angeles, Tulare and Sacramento.
“Today, the Senate Public Safety Committee voted to protect all Californians from the completely preventable, violent crime of drunk driving,” said Mary Klotzbach, a MADD National Board member and Livermore resident whose 22-year-old son, Matt, was killed by a drunk driver. “When I buried Matt, I buried a piece of my heart. Now I want make sure no other parent, child, brother, or sister ever has to endure this kind of heartache.”
MADD applauds Senator Hill for authoring SB 1046 and the Senate Public Safety Committee for passing the bill unanimously and sending it to the Senate Appropriations Committee.
“Senator Hill has shown extraordinary leadership on drunk driving prevention, and we are extremely grateful to the committee for agreeing that ignition interlocks do save lives,” Klotzbach said.
Klotzbach, a nurse at John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek, for 27 years, told the committee that SB 1046 is her son Matt’s legacy. Matt was on break from his third year at the U.S. Naval Academy when he was killed. “Matt took the oath to serve his country, and he is serving, different than we had anticipated. Lives are being saved because of his legacy.”
In casting his vote in favor of the bill, Senator Steve Glazer said it was in Matt’s honor.
Twenty-five states have laws similar to SB 1046, and other states, such as Maryland, Vermont and Massachusetts are considering legislation that would require ignition interlocks for all drunk driving offenders.
In February, MADD released its first-ever Ignition Interlock Report, which shows how many times the devices have prevented attempts to drive drunk in every state. Across the nation, ignition interlocks have stopped 1.77 million attempts to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 and above. In California, the devices have prevented more than 124,000 drunk driving attempts.
About Mothers Against Drunk Driving
Founded in 1980 by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) is the nation’s largest nonprofit working to end drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, support the victims of these violent crimes and prevent underage drinking. MADD changed American culture by introducing the “designated driver” in 1986 and related red ribbon awareness campaign Tie One On For Safety® now in its 30th year. MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® is marking its 10th anniversary and reducing drunk driving fatalities by 25 percent since its launch. MADD supports drunk and drugged driving victims and survivors at no charge, providing a service every four minutes through local victim advocates and the 24-Hour Victim Help Line 1-877-MADD-HELP. Power of Parents® and Power of Youth® programs reduce underage drinking. Learn more by visiting madd.org or calling 1-877-ASK-MADD.