Monday, August 20, 2007

Feds ask California to toughen DUI penalties

California drunk driving defense lawyer news

Federal traffic safety officials kicked off their annual push against drunk drivers on Monday, calling on states to toughen penalities and warning DUI offenders that one offense could cost them $10,000 on average in fines, court costs and lost wages.

The event, which the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will bolster with $11 million in national advertising, comes as deaths from drunk drivers held steady in 2006, as they have for the past decade.

The agency and groups such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving have been pushing states for tougher laws, including requiring all convicted DUI / drunk drivers to have alcohol testing devices installed in their vehicles that prevent them from starting if an operator is drunk.

California has a strong California DUI ignition interlock law in effect.