The Huntington Beach Police Department has recommended to the Huntington Beach City Council that names of drivers arrested for DUI / Drunk Driving be published. The police department considered publishing the names after a local newspaper stopped publishing the names last December. The City of Irvine already publishes the names of people arrested for DUI / Drunk Driving, as well as other crimes, on the Irvine Police Department website. In addition, the Huntington Beach Police Department has been keeping track of establishments that drivers arrested for DUI / Drunk Driving say they consumed their last drink. What's interesting about this is that police officers generally do not believe the number of drinks a DUI / Drunk Driving suspect states was consumed. Why should they believe where suspected drivers say that had their last drink?
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As of July 1, 2010, repeat DUI / Drunk Driving offenders will be eligible for early license restrictions. A person convicted of a second DUI / Drunk Driving offense will be eligible for a restricted driver's license after completing a 90 suspension provided the person installs an ignition interlock device on any vehicle the person owns and/or has access to for a period of 12 months. A person convicted of a third DUI / Drunk Driving offense will be eligible for a restricted driver's license after completing a 6 month suspension provided the person installs an ignition interlock device on any vehicle the person owns and/or has access to for a period of 24 months. The Department of Motor Vehicles is to notify the convicted driver upon receiving notification of the convictions from the courts.
The New Jersey Supreme Court recently held that a Spanish speaking driver arrested for DUI / Drunk Driving should have had the requirements that he submit to a breath test and the consequences for refusing to submit read to him in Spanish. As a result, his DUI / Drunk Driving conviction was overturned. After the driver was arrested for DUI / Drunk Driving, the police read a statement requiring a breath test and the consequences of refusing to the driver in English. However, at trial, the driver testified through an interpreter he did not understand. According to a spokesman for the New Jersey Attorney General's office, there are over 150 different languages spoken in New Jersey. However, there are nine foreign languages spoken which accounts for 90% of foreign languages that are translated in court for DUI / Drunk Driving cases.
As of July, 1, 2010, all first time DUI / Drunk Driving offenders who are convicted in Los Angeles, Alameda, Sacramento and Tulare counties will be required to install an ignition interlock device (IID) on any vehicle they own or have access to for five months. This is a pilot project that was finalized just days before July 1. The Department of Motor Vehicles will be required to send notices to the first time convicted DUI / Drunk Driving drivers that the IID must be installed with 30 days. This is a very unfair law. It applies to people who were arrested for DUI / Drunk Driving before July 1, 2010 instead of applying only to people who were arrested on or after July 1, 2010. Of course the IID companies are looking to make perhaps millions off the new law.