New DUI policy could revoke licenses for 10 years

State Assemblyman calls pending law 'a major victory for public safety'

Drunken drivers might sober up in September over a bill that aims to revoke licenses from repeat offenders who drive under the influence.

Assemblyman Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, announced Monday that a bill to revoke DUI offenders' licenses has been sent to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for approval.

The bill, AB 1601, would give judges authority to revoke a driver's license for drivers who rack up three or more DUI convictions within a 10 year period. The licenses could be revoked for up to 10 years.

The bill would be "a major victory for public safety," said Hill, who authored the bill.

Almost 188,000 drivers in California were convicted for driving under the influence in 2008, according to a statement from Hill's office. Of those, more than 9,160 were third time DUI offenders within a 10-year period.

The governor plans to support the measure, and he will sign the bill before Sept. 30, his spokeswoman Andrea McCarthy said.

Saul Sugarman, Bay City News

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Posted by tomwho2
a resident of Foothill Farms
on Aug 27, 2010 at 9:05 am

If someone has 3 or more DUI's a suspension will only encourage that person to drive without license or insurance. Obviously the first few DUI's didn't teach him anything. A better idea might be a Breathalyzer starting device, vehicle confiscation and jail time.

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Posted by Julia
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 27, 2010 at 9:49 am

Tomwho2...somewhat of a good idea but not enough. Forget the jail, unless he/she injures someone. Medicate the fool so when he/she takes ONE drink, the body reacts (vomit and pain)

Julia, from Alamo

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Posted by maja7
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Aug 27, 2010 at 9:50 am

It's about time!!! How many people have been killed or injured by drunk drivers?Revoke license, impound car and sell it giving the proceeds to a family who has lost someone to a drunken driver and on top of that, some solid jail time.

We should not have repeat DUI's. One DUI is enough, isn't it?

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Posted by Randy
a resident of Danville
on Aug 27, 2010 at 10:30 am

They then need to get serious about driving without a license, we could copy the Warden from Maricopa County, AZ on how to deal with these people. He has them cleaning the side of the roads and empty lots in chains.

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Posted by Tony
a resident of Foothill Farms
on Aug 27, 2010 at 5:44 pm

Looks good on paper, but won't work. They will drive anyway! Driving is no longer a privilege , it's a necessity . People will do what they have to do. How bought a unique license plate that will distinguish repeat DUI offenders that are on the road! That way not only will they be more visible to police, but to the public as well.

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Posted by Rick
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 28, 2010 at 8:43 am

Hey lets just put people in jail for anything and as long as we can. That will solve our problems. America is ruthless and it's people.

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Posted by Dan
a resident of Danbury Park
on Aug 28, 2010 at 9:35 am

I don't know what the answer is, but this isn't it.

My gut feeling is, most people will still drive (does anyone have hard evidence to support or refute this statement?).

I can't knock the bill, it sends a message. But it's not a solution.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 28, 2010 at 12:08 pm

Tony has a great idea. After a conviction the driver gets a new license plate that indicates a DUI. Now the police can stop and test that driver anytime for any reason. Over the limit? Immediately to jail, forfeit the car. Driving without a license? Off to jail, forfeit the car. Not your car? I don't care, the owner of the car can deal with the drunk driver later.
There should be a huge annual renewal fee added to the registration. The only way to stop these idiots is to cost them money and their vehicles. There is no other motivation.

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Posted by Need mandatory multiple
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 29, 2010 at 11:18 pm

Yes, it is the MULTIPLE DUIs that need to be treated as criminal.
Like the Danville couple of a young mom walking with 2 small children at sunset It was the NINTH .. DUI ..for the DRUNK WOMAN who went up over the curb & KILLED the children ! That was the FAULT of the last 2 -3 JUDGES who didn't lock her up. I think making a triple go without a license is good. It is hard to live without] a license, which you need to SHOW about every would be difficult to exist without a license. Looks like this allows judges the 'AUTHORITY" to revoke the licence, which is NOT STRONG enough....loss should be mandatory after 3. Obviously, many judges are too weak to yank the DL !

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Posted by SteveP
a resident of Parkside
on Aug 30, 2010 at 8:55 am

SteveP is a registered user.

Watch out for rick on the road. Anyone who doesn't think that repeat DUI offenders belong in jail needs to have his blood alcohol level tested. I'm constantly amazed at the level of 'tolerance' show by mst bleeding hearts, to the point that they would continue to endanger others because they sympathize with these types of losers.
Talk about misplaced priorities........wait until it impacts you.

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Posted by mooseturd
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Sep 6, 2010 at 9:07 am

mooseturd is a registered user.

This is a do nothing law. Very few repeat DUIs have driver's licenses. A third DUI should be punished by cutting off both ears. The person should have - DUI - tattooed on their forehead and be required to use special drunk plates.

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