New Senate bill targeting DUI drivers
Anyone convicted of a DUI and reckless driving will soon be required to install a breathalyzer in the cars they own!!
Senate Bill 1046 has been introduced to the legislators on February 12, 2016 and amended on March 16, 2016. This bill if passed (and it will pass) would effect drivers in two ways.
- Currently upon a 1st DUI arrest, the DMV will suspend your license for 4 months if you lose the DMV Hearing. You are currently eligible for a restricted license after 30 days as long as you have SR-22 insurance and are enrolled in the AB 541 first conviction program. The new law will change that 30 day suspension to NO SUSPENSION if you meet all other requirements AND install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle. Your license will still be restricted you just won’t have to wait out a 30 day hard suspension.
- If you are eventually convicted of a DUI or RECKLESS DRIVING, you will be required to install an ignition interlock device on all vehicles you own or operate. You could sit out the suspension period of 6 months if you did not want to install a breathalyzer in your car.
On one hand, never having a license suspension is a good thing for most people in San Diego because public transportation is abysmal here. On the other hand the chances of you having to install an ignition interlock just skyrocketed.
The San Diego County Supervisors recently voted to unanimously support this legislation.
The punishments for DUI driving will never go down, they will only get more and more severe. It is crucial to hire an experienced and effective defense attorney. Contact us today!