A Northridge teen-ager who was killed by a wrong-way driver on the San Bernardino Freeway in January, 1985, was remembered this week when Gov. George Deukmejian signed a bill designed to get impaired motorists off the roads quicker.
The bill was introduced in response to the death of Holly Bregman, 16, who was returning from a ski trip when an elderly man driving the wrong way crashed into her car. Both were killed. The 84-year-old driver had been stopped by a California Highway Patrol officer the day before the accident for driving erratically.
The new law, which takes effect July 1, 1987, requires drivers who are judged by a traffic officer to be physically or mentally impaired to undergo a driver's license re-examination at a Department of Motor Vehicles office within five days. Drivers who do not meet the deadline will have their licenses suspended until they are retested.
Can Take Months
Currently, impaired drivers stopped by police are referred to the DMV, but months can pass before they are examined. Because of the long delays, some officers do not bother to notify the DMV when they stop disoriented drivers, the bill's author, Assemblyman Richard Katz (D-Sepulveda), said.