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State Legislature Looking At 2 Bills To Combat Drunk Driving

State Legislature Looking At 2 Bills To Combat Drunk Driving


COLLISION NORTHBOUND I-5 SOUTH OF RIVER ROAD. THE VEHICLE IS UP TO THE SHOULDER, NO OTHER CALLS FOR SERVICE, BACK TO YOU. IN THE STATE LEGISLATURE THIS WEEK, TWO BILLS TO COMBAT DRUNK DRIVING ARE BEING INTRODUCED AND IT WILL MAKE CALIFORNIA HAVE SOME OF THE TOUGHEST LAWS IN THE COUNTRY IF THIS IS PUSHED FORWARD. WE ARE LIVE AT THE STATE CAPITAL WITH MORE ON THE BILLS. GOOD MORNING. Reporter: GOOD MORNING. THESE CHANGES WILL BE BIG CHANGES TO THE CURRENT DRUNK DRIVING LAWS IN CALIFORNIA. THE GOAL IS TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF INJURIES AND DEATHS WE ARE SEEING ON ROADWAYS AS A RESULT OF DRUNK DRIVING. WE WILL BREAK DOWN THOSE BILLS FOR YOU. THE FIRST ONE IS SB 545 WHICH REQUIRES EVERYONE CONVICTED OF A DUI, EVEN FIRST-TIME OFFENDERS, TO HAVE INTERLOCKING IGNITION DEVICES IN THEIR CARS. THE DEVICE DOES NOT ALLOW THE CAR TO START WITHOUT THE DRIVER PASSING AND ALCOHOL BREATHALYZER TEST FIRST. THE SECOND MORE CONTROVERSIAL BILL, SB 1713 M WILL BRING THE LEGAL LIMIT DOWN, THE BLOOD ALCOHOL OF .08 WILL BE DOWN TO .05 COMING OUT TO ROUGHLY 2 DRINKS PER HOUR FOR WOMEN UNDER 160 POUNDS AND NO MORE THAN TWO DRINKS FOR MEN UNDER 200 POUNDS. 1000 PEOPLE ARE KILLED EVERY YEAR FROM DRUNK DRIVERS AND 20,000 ARE INJURED. WE WANT TO REDUCE THAT NUMBER AND THAT WILL DO IT. Reporter: UTAH IS THE ONLY STATE TO REDUCE THE DRUNK DRIVING LEVEL TO .05 AND OTHER STATES ARE PROPOSING THE SAME THING THIS YEAR. BUT IF WE SEE THESE CHANGES IN CALIFORNIA, IT WOULD BE SOME OF THE TOUGHEST DRUNK DRIVING LAWS

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