AB 91 has imposed an additional restriction on those convicted of first time DUI charges in Los Angeles: now they must get an IID (Ignition Interlock Device) installed on their vehicle in order to receive a restricted license from the DMV. The licensee will also only be allowed to drive a vehicle that has an IID installed. The DMV will accept proof of installation in the form of a "verification of installation" and will also require (big surprise) an additional fee to be paid to DMV. AB 91 applies in the "pilot program" counties of Los Angeles, Sacramento and Tulare. This new law doesn't apply in San Diego County or non-pilot program counties. An additional requirement is that a licensee must keep the IID installed on the vehicles they own for five months or for a period of twelve months if the DUI offense involved injury. The DMV will also apply a sliding fee schedule to be used by certified IID installers, who will be required to charge set fees to customers based upon income.
SB 598 went into effect on July 1, 2010. SB 598 is a change in the existing law relating to the ability of repeat DUI offenders to obtain a restricted license from the Department of Motor Vehicles. For example, under the old law, a person with a second DUI conviction within ten years would face a two year license suspension and only become eligible for a restricted license after waiting through a one year "hard" suspension. This means that they would have to wait a full 12 months before being able to apply for a restricted license at the DMV. Under SB 598, a person convicted of multiple DUI offenses in 10 years can now apply for a restricted license in a much shorter timeframe after serving out a 90 day hard suspension and after placing an ignition interlock device on their vehicle and attending their DUI alcohol program.