New DMV and DUI laws for 2009

Important new laws pertaining to DUI and other driving violations are contained at the DMV website.  The laws heighten penalties for anyone driving after drinking alcohol who is on court-ordered post-DUI probation.  The new laws also give greater consideration to the use of ignition interlock devices for DUI convictions and for those with a prior DUI conviction who is subsequently convicted of driving on a suspended license.   A summary of some of the new laws is listed below and a full list is contained here.

If you have received a citation for DUI in Humboldt County, it is important to contact a DUI lawyer as soon as possible.

DUI Probation License Suspension.

A change in the driving under the influence (DUI) law creates a new authority for DMV to administratively suspend the driver’s license for one year under a zero tolerance standard.  The new law authorizes law enforcement to issue a notice of suspension and impound the vehicle of a person who is driving with a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.01 percent or greater while on court-ordered post-DUI probation.

Ignition Interlock Devices (IID)

This new law reduces the BAC from .20 percent to .15 percent or more at the time of arrest to trigger a requirement for the court to give heightened consideration for the installation of an IID for a first-time offender convicted of DUI of an alcoholic beverage.

Effective July 2009, this new law transfers authority for the administration of mandatory IID programs from the state courts to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).   This law also authorizes the DMV to require any driver convicted of driving with a suspended license due to a prior conviction for DUI to install an IID in any vehicle that the offender owns or operates.

Text Messaging

New law makes it an infraction to write, send, or read text-based communication on an electronic wireless communication device, such as a cell phone, while driving.