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Repeat DUIs Could Mean 10-Year License Suspension

Is this fair? Take our poll then tell us why or why not.

Effective since the start of the New Year, Californians who are convicted of DUI three or more times could have their license suspended for up to 10 years.

Assemblyman Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, authored the bill and eight others that were signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2011.

"Unless you injure or kill someone, your license could only be suspended for three years," Hill said of existing laws. Hill found that there were more than 300,000 DUI offenders with three or more convictions that were allowed to drive on California roadways.

"I thought, 'This is crazy,'" Hill said. The new law allows a judge to punish a repeat DUI offender with a suspension of up to 10 years after a third conviction.

According to Hill's office, if every judge utilized the 10-year license revocation in the new law, more than 10,000 repeat DUI offenders could be taken off the state's roadways every year.

Hill said he hopes the new law will help improve the safety on the roads for all Californians.

—Bay City News

Take our poll then tell us what you think of the new law in the comments.

Mona Taplin January 05, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Thomas Clarke, I think you are right except I would make it the 2nd conviction. If you don't learn the first time it's time to be taught a real lesson. Years ago my sister in law discovered who really pays for drunken drivers fines, payments for damages, etc. She and her children did, both financially and emotionally. She was partly responsible for their plight because she continued to stay with this man who valued booze over all else. At one time he sold their family car for $2.00 to a gas station owner. He very reluctantly gave it back to her. Still she considered it to be her husband's car. A short time he had an accident on Newark Blvd. This resulted in a loss of car insurance. CAA wrote a big DO NOT INSURE memo on his records. She also could not buy auto insurance until after he died. She could have prevented the trauma dumped on her and their 3 children by refusing to allow him to stay after several promises of "never again" following very expensive drunk episodes. Repeat drunk drivers are a very difficult problem to deal with, and the problem worsens when someone repeatedly picks up the tab for them. They are called enablers. Enablers are not victims. They are willing participants. The children in such families are the victims.
Tim January 05, 2012 at 09:24 PM
If you are permanently losing your drivers license and no longer allowed to own a vehicle, why would you need to register as a "distracted driver" when you wouldn't be allowed to be a driver at all?
Raphael Bruckner January 05, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Ever lose a loved one due too a drunk driver? That will end all discussion...there are over 3000000 persons with 3 or more dui's
Albert Rubio January 06, 2012 at 03:49 AM
it does not end the discussion at all. It is bad reasoning. The proposed cure is worse than the disease. As a refutation, i'm reminded of a similar kind of case where the father who lost his little girl in a shooting last year. He said, " This shouldn't happen in this country, or anywhere else, but in a free society, we're going to be subject to people like this. I prefer this to the alternative" He didn't jump on the ban all guns bandwagon.
Albert Rubio January 06, 2012 at 03:58 AM
Everybody wants to rule the world. It is indulgent Authoritarian Conceit.

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