Drunk Driving Legislation
The Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety, which I Chair, held a hearing on anti-drunk driving legislation this week.
These are some of the bills we heard testimony on:
Senate Bill 135
, a bill I authored, would permanently revoke the drivers license of offenders who commit at least four OWI offenses. Under current law, if a person's operating privilege is suspended or revoked, the person may apply for an occupational license. In most cases, the person is eligible for an occupational license 15 days after the date of the suspension or revocation.
Assembly Bill 98
, would make changes to ignition interlock device requirements by requiring operating restrictions take effect immediately, instead of when the offenders license is reinstated. Some drivers choose not to wait until their license is reinstated which meant if the offender was stopped for a traffic violation, they would only be penalized for driving without a license, not penalized for driving without the interlock device.
Senate Bill 73
, would require a five year minimum sentence for killing someone while drunk driving.
Senate Bill 72
, would increase minimum jail time for fifth and sixth time OWI offenders. Under current law, a person who commits a fifth or sixth OWI offense must be fined at least $600 and imprisoned for at least six months. This bill increases the minimum jail time to 18 months.