With election season behind us, there are bound to be new laws appearing on the books. In California, new laws are already affecting DUI offenders and others who share the roadways.
In Los Angeles County, the interlock device program has been extended. It had been set to expire on January 1st, but has instead been extended to January 1st, 2017. The law means that if you have been convicted of a DUI, even a first offense, you must have an interlock device installed on your vehicle. These devices will only allow the vehicle to start if the driver blows an acceptable blood-alcohol level.
If it is your first offense, the device will be required for 5 months. For a second offense, the time is extended to 12 months, then 24 months for a third offense. For a fourth offense, be expected to keep the device on your vehicle for 36 months.
Earbuds and headphones have also been prohibited to be worn while driving. At least, one ear must be free of such devices. This goes for people biking as well.
Electric skateboards and bikes are also now legal. To ride the electric skateboard, you have to be 16 and a helmet must be worn. And yes, if you skateboard drunk, you can get a DUI. For the bikes, riders will be able to use paths and roadways similar to traditional bike riders.
If you or someone you know has been charged with DUI, contact our attorneys for a consultation. Our attorneys specialize in DUI defense and can help with your case. Contact us today.