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AB 330 (Cooley) Highway Safety

Position:Watch
Status:Policy Committees
Summary:

This bill does two things.  First, it requires the fund estimates prepared by Caltrans and the CTC to identify and include federal funds derived from apportionments made to the state under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015.

This bill would, until January 1, 2022, authorize the court to order a person convicted of a crime described above to enroll and participate in, and successfully complete, a qualified “24/7 Sobriety program,” as defined, as a condition of probation, if the program is available and deemed appropriate, and the person committed the crime within 10 years of one or more separate crimes described above that resulted in a conviction. The bill would define a “24/7 Sobriety program,” in part, as requiring a person in the program to abstain from alcohol and unauthorized controlled substances and be subject to frequent testing for alcohol and controlled substances, as specified. The bill would authorize use of participation in a 24/7 Sobriety program in conjunction with participation in an ignition interlock device program. The bill would require a person participating in the program to pay the program costs, commensurate with the person’s ability to pay, as specified.

Comments:

Initially, this bill has an interesting connection between FAST Act fund estimates and DUI enforcement.  The connection may be FAST Act provisions for minimum DUI enforcement.  Although we have not researched it yet, the FAST Act includes a "penalty" for states that do not meet certain minimum enforcement standards relating DUI enforcement.  The penalty is to set aside 2.5% of NHHP and STP funds for education and enforcement programs.  The DUI language in this bill may be designed to address that provision in the FAST Act.

More Info:Legislative Website Info
Last Updated:April 21, 2017