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.