Sacramento District Attorney Ho to hold press conference to pressure Assemblymember Kevin McCarty on DUI bill

Sacramento County District Attorney Thien Ho and California Assemblymember Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Irvine) will hold a press conference to pressure the Assembly Public Safety Committee for enhanced drunk driving laws.

According to the press release from the District Attorney's office, Ho and Petrie-Norris are seeking to have Assembly Bill 2210 approved by the committee, which is chaired by Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D -Sacramento). AB 2210 would require all DUI offenders to have interlock ignition devices (IDD) in their vehicles. 

According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, an "IID requires [a motorist] to provide a breath sample before the engine will start. If the IID detects alcohol on your breath, the engine will not start. As you drive, you are periodically required to provide breath samples to ensure the continued absence of alcohol in your system."

Today's press release said, "AB 2210 will face the tough Assembly Public Safety committee, chaired by Asm. Kevin McCarty," who is running for Sacramento Mayor. With the Democratic-controlled Assembly, many bills supported by law enforcement agencies often die in the Public Safety Committee. 

While many states have adopted the devices to address drunk driving, they are not free of criticism. A 2021 New York Times story noted that while they have been an effective deterrent, they have also caused significant accidents, as drivers are often required to use the device while the vehicle is in motion. 

As reported in the story, "Those checks, known in the industry as rolling retests, occur at random. They require the driver to lift a hand off the wheel, pick up the device and blow - hard - into its mouthpiece for several seconds. If the driver fails or doesn’t comply, the car goes into panic mode: Its headlights flash and its horn honks until the driver turns off the engine."

Joining Ho and Petrie Morrie will be Mothers Against Drunk Drivers and DUI crash survivors Angel Renteria and Kelly Carr. The news conference will be tomorrow morning at 11:30 in the California State Capitol, Room 317. 

AB 2210 will be heard at the next committee meeting on Tuesday, April 23. 

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