Tuesday, December 18, 2012

California DUI Lawyers announce new laws that may affect persons suspected of drunk driving or DUI - Drugs. A person suspected loses right to urine test option. These laws also expand one's right to text while driving when hands-free or voice-operated, California DUI Attorneys announce.

California DUI Lawyers announce new laws that may affect persons suspected of drunk driving or DUI - Drugs.  A person suspected loses right to urine test option.   These laws also expand one's right to text while driving when hands-free or voice-operated, California DUI Attorneys announce.


These new Caliofrnia DUI - related laws take effect January 1, 2013: 

1)  DUI Driving Under the Influence (AB 2020, Pan) The law no longer allows a person who 
has been arrested and is suspected of driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs, the 
option of a urine test.  Prior to this change, a person had the option of submitting either 
urine or blood to determine the drug content of their blood. 

2) Electronic Wireless Communications (AB 1536, Miller) This law allows California 
drivers to use hands-free technology to talk and text while driving.  This will require the 
use of a device that is specifically designed and configured to allow voice-operated and 
hands-free operation to dictate, send or listen to a text-based communication.  The device 
is required to also be used in a voice-operated, hands-free manner to be in compliance 
with the law. 

3) Charter-Party Carriers of Passengers:  Alcoholic Beverages:  Open Containers (AB 
45, Chesbro) This new law prohibits underage drinking in charter-party carriers (limos, 
buses, etc.) and makes the carrier and driver responsible for communicating this to their 
passengers.  The law also requires a designee, who is at least 25 years of age, to be 
present whenever there are passengers who are under 21 years of age on board the 
vehicle and alcohol is being transported.  The designee shall be responsible for ensuring 
the rules are followed, and the safety of the underage passengers throughout the duration 
of the trip.