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AB-1407 Reckless driving: speed contests: vehicle impoundment.(2019-2020)

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AB-1407
Friedman (A)
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Reckless driving: speed contests: vehicle impoundment.
03/25/19
An act to amend Sections 23103, 23109, and 23109.2 of the Vehicle Code, relating to vehicles.
Assembly
09/12/19
08/26/19

Type of Measure
Active Bill - In Desk Process
Majority Vote Required
Non-Appropriation
Fiscal Committee
State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Urgency
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
01/21/20 Stricken from file.
10/11/19 Vetoed by Governor.
09/17/19 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3:30 p.m.
09/09/19 Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 75. Noes 0. Page 3158.).
09/06/19 In Assembly. Concurrence in Senate amendments pending. May be considered on or after September 8 pursuant to Assembly Rule 77.
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning Assembly Bill 1407 without my signature.
 
This bill would impose a mandatory 30-day impound penalty for a vehicle used in connection with reckless driving or street racing on a second or subsequent conviction.

Under current law, a conviction for reckless driving is punishable by a total fine of between $684 and $4,175 and possible jail time of between 5 and 90 days. A conviction for engaging in a first offense speed contest is punishable by a total fine of between $1,551 and $4,175, jail time between 1 and 90 days, 40 hours of community service and potential driver's license suspension between 90 days and 6 months. Subsequent convictions have even stronger penalties.

Courts currently have the authority to impound vehicles based on the totality of facts and circumstances of each case. This bill reduces the courts' discretion in deciding to impound a vehicle, as well as the length of time the vehicle is impounded.

I am not persuaded that limiting judicial discretion for these cases is warranted.

Sincerely,





Gavin Newsom