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Dec 30, 2009 9:05 PM by Monica Quintero

New traffic laws for 2010

January not only rings in a new year but also new traffic laws. One of those new laws establishes a pilot program involving ignition interlock devices. The devices would be required for those with DUI convictions. As of July 1st, it will be tested in four counties. They include Alameda, Los Angeles, Sacramento and Tulare. Dan Thompson, San Luis Obispo resident, said, "I think there's a lot of people out there who want to do the right thing but they forget after they've had a few drinks, but this will remind them." Officer Michael Duenas, with the California Highway Patrol, said, "We're trying to do everything we can to reduce the number of repeat DUI offenders on the road." It's a pilot program until 2016, so whether it would be used one day on the Central Coast is still up in the air. As for the IID, it retests the driver every 15 minutes to an hour while they're driving to keep the engine running. But if it detects alcohol, Officer Duenas said, "The horn starts honking, the lights start going off and you have to pull over on the road because you're not going to drive down the road with the attention drawn to you." Another unique new law deals with bicycles. It allows a person to ride a bike without a seat, if it was designed that way originally by the manufacturer. Thompson said, "Well, thank goodness because I've been wanting to ride my bike without a seat. "Some of the new laws will start January 1 and other laws will go into effect later in the year.

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