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DUI Offenders in L.A. County Now Have to use Ignition Devices

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A new law that takes effect today will force first-time and repeat DUI offenders to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle, according to the Associated Press. In order to start a vehicle up, drivers would have to blow a passing score into the device (see a video from one company on how it works here).

The law isn't statewide, but is only in four counties on an experimental basis for five years. Los Angeles County is one of them.

It costs about $125 to install one and carry a $60 monthly fee. Then there's a $45 DMV administrative fee. Then add that on top of all the DUI associated with the charge.

First-time offenders would be required to have it installed for five months, second-time offenders for a year, third-timers for 24 months and four-timers for 36 months.