AB 1601 would authorize judges to repeal licenses for drivers who receive 3 or more DUIs
Sacramento, CA – Assemblymember Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, announced that his DUI legislation, Assembly Bill 1601, will receive its first hearing in the Public Safety Committee on Tuesday, March 23. Prior to the hearing, Hill will host a press conference where he will be joined by witnesses who have lost family members to DUI drivers.
“St. Patrick’s Day is a time for celebration but it’s also important to celebrate responsibly,” said Hill. “I commend the CHP and law enforcement officials for hosting throughout the state to ensure public safety.”
AB 1601 makes two revisions to state law making it more difficult for repeat drunk drivers to get their license back.
Ø Repeals the arbitrary 10-year look back period state law requires the DMV to use on repeat DUI offenders.
Ø Authorizes judges to repeal licenses for drivers who receive 3 or more DUIs.
Current law only tracks the last ten years of a driver’s record. After ten years the driver’s record is erased and any new DUIs are treated like their first, even if they’ve had prior . Under current law, DUI drivers have to hurt or kill someone for their license to be revoked.
“This legislation will make it more difficult for repeat DUI offenders to get their license back,” said Assemblymember Hill. “Lawmakers need to protect innocent bystanders from individuals with multiple DUI convictions who are likely to re-offend.”
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that one-third of the annual 1.5 million DUI arrests are repeat offenders.
The statewide statistics on repeat DUI offenders are staggering – according to 2008 data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration there are over 310,000 people in with three or more DUI convictions.
In 2008, over 1,000 people were killed by drunk drivers in California and another 28,000 were injured.
What: AB 1601 press conference followed by committee hearing
When: 9:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Where: State Capitol, Room 317, Sacramento, CA 95814
Contact: Nate Solov cell
Office of Assemblymember Jerry Hill
Posted by Steve Sinai