SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued the following statement after Assemblymember Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) announced he would introduce legislation that would make it more difficult for repeat driving under the influence (DUI) offenders to get their driverâ€™s license back:
â€œI applaud Assemblymember Hill for his efforts to keep our roads safe and protect California drivers. Public safety has always been my top priority, which is why I recently signed legislation to prevent DUI offenders from getting on the road while intoxicated. As we approach the New Year holiday, I encourage all Californians to drive responsibly to ensure a safe driving environment for all motorists. I look forward to working with Assemblymember Hill during the upcoming legislative session to improve road safety throughout the state.â€
Last October, the Governor signed AB 91 by Assemblymember Mike Feuer (D-Los Angeles) which creates an ignition interlock device pilot program in four counties for every vehicle owned or operated by a first-time DUI offender.
The Governor also signed SB 598 by Senator Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) allowing repeat DUI offenders to apply for a restricted license if they install an ignition interlock device on their vehicles. The ignition interlock device, an instrument that is installed to a motor vehicleâ€™s dashboard, tests a personâ€™s blood alcohol concentration before the vehicleâ€™s motor can be started.