Monday, October 17, 2011

California Governor Jerry Brown Signs Protection Bill for Unlicensed Drivers

Parents can breathe a sigh of relief over unlicensed teen driver fines starting the first day of next year.

This is because California Governor Jerry Brown has signed AB 353, a bill that provides protection for unlicensed drivers from getting their cars impounded, according to reports on Thursday.

Reports said Brown approved the bill last week to protect families from retrieving 30-day impounded vehicles and paying expensive fines over the fault of an unlicensed member.

AB 353 also allows a caught undocumented driver to find a licensed one to avoid having the car impounded. However, if he or she fails to do so, the new law allows punishment or penalties.

AB 353 focuses on arresting drunk drivers at Driving Under the Influence (DUI) checkpoints instead of taking advantage over rich undocumented young drivers.

Assemblyman Gil Cedillo (D-Los Angeles) drafted the bill. The new law will take effect in January 1, 2012.

This new law could be beneficial to parents who are having a hard time taming their teenagers. With AB 353, a licensed family member can respond to the scene and prevent the car from being impounded or fined. However, the unlicensed teen driver still has to face punishment from authorities.

Sadly, California parents tend to be busy and may not be around to rescue a troubled teen. This necessitates unlicensed teens to still obtain legal driving documents and professional training amidst the provision of protection bill.

At best, young motorists secure driving license and hours of coaching before hitting California highways. Also, minors should observe the zero percent Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) limit to prevent getting arrested for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) violation. If these two rules are properly observed, teen drivers can just smile when approaching a checkpoint and need not call parents to escape the fines.

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