The Coastal Post - June, 1997

Use Drugs, Lose Your Driver's License

A recent law signed by Governor Wilson continues an earlier requirement for six month suspension of the driver license for anyone convicted of a controlled substance offense. Offenses include conviction for possession of drugs for personal use or intent to sell.

The new law reinstates provisions of an earlier law that required the DMV to immediately suspend the license of a person convicted of any controlled substance crime once notification of of the conviction was received from a court. Courts are required to notify the DMV within 10 days of conviction.

The law (AB 74) was signed by Governor Wilson on April 15, and its provisions continue in effect until June 30, 1999.

The original law was enacted to help the state meet federal requirements to receive highway funds. It was repealed on March 1.