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AB-1393 Reckless driving: speed contests: vehicle impoundment.(2017-2018)

Bill Status
Friedman (A)
Anderson (S) , Mendoza (S)
Reckless driving: speed contests: vehicle impoundment.
An act to amend Sections 23103, 23109, and 23109.2 of the Vehicle Code, relating to vehicles.

Type of Measure
Active Bill - In Desk Process
Majority Vote Required
Fiscal Committee
State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
01/12/18 Stricken from file.
01/03/18 Consideration of Governor's veto pending.
10/04/17 Vetoed by Governor.
09/26/17 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3 p.m.
09/15/17 Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 77. Noes 0. Page 3456.).
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning Assembly Bill 1393 without my signature.

This bill requires courts to impose a mandatory 30-day vehicle impoundment for a second or subsequent case of reckless driving or engaging in an illegal speed contest.

I vetoed a similar bill in 2015, because I believed that current law already allows judges - who see and evaluate first-hand the facts of each case ? to impound cars for up to 30 days when circumstances warrant.

I continue to believe that there is no reason for this law except to supplant sound judicial discretion with robotic and abstract justice - something I don't support.


Edmund G. Brown Jr.