Thursday, November 20, 2014

Last call for a ride home on a Saturday night in San Diego California - avoid a DUI

San Diego DUI lawyers do not like to hear about a person being arrested for drunk driving, especially if it could be avoided. It’s a Saturday night and a San Diego State student decides to mosey on over to downtown San Diego, California, where he or she will remain until 2 a.m. when all the local DUI cops are around. 

Due to ridiculously expensive parking prices, taking the trolley or the bus seems like a rational alternative. However, when it comes time to head back home, all public transportations have shut down for the night leaving the student with either the expense of cab fares and Uber, or the dangers surrounding drunk driving, relate California DUI attorneys.

Generally speaking, the latest MTS vehicles run no later than approximately 2 a.m., but that’s when they’re heading back to San Diego. So depending on where people live, chances are most will have to leave well before last call. In desperate times when intoxicated individuals don’t feel like taking a cab or getting price gouged by Lyft and Uber are going to get behind the wheel. To ensure the safety of the community, MTS needs to operate 24 hours — at least for nights on the weekend.

The SDSU Police Department has already arrested 37 people this year for driving under the influence, but that’s minuscule compared to the rest of the city. In 2011, there were more than 15,000 DUI-related arrests in San Diego County, making it the third highest in California. To make matters worse, the average person will drive drunk 80 times before an arrest is made, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Clearly, drunk drivers aren’t a rarity, so I’d expect San Diego to take action by making public transportation more accessible to avoid the risk of drunk drivers.

Not only are drunk drivers endangering themselves, they’re putting lives of others in their clumsy hands as well. Society needs to continue educating people about the dangers of drunk driving, while the justice system continues to punish those who break the law. But providing them with the proper resources is a necessary step to add to each of these efforts.

It’d be naive to think this problem can be solved overnight, but providing potential drunk drivers the alternative option of affordable late-night transportation is crucial. Expensive transportation options, such as taxis, Uber and Lyft only encourage more people to drive drunk. At the end of a night out, one can take the trolley or the bus to, and from his or her bars of choice. Wait times might be longer at the dead of night, but that’s a significantly better option than driving under the influence and risking lives.

According to a study from the National Bureau of Economic Research, when Washington, D.C. extended its metro service by three hours, the city reduced the probability of a DUI-related arrest by approximately 14 percent. As a result, alcohol-related crimes increased by roughly 5.4 percent, but a drunk being a public nuisance is less harmful than driving a two-ton vehicle at high speeds.
MTS covers a lot of ground with the abundance of trollies and buses all throughout San Diego. Referring back to the same study, the effect dissipates the farther away the alcohol vendor is from a metro station. Therefore, the combination of the bus routes and trolley lines offered in San Diego should reduce the amount of drunk drivers and DUI-related arrests.

Extended hours would not only more convenient for everyone using public transportation but it also creates  a heightened sense of safety among individuals who drive late at night. This is a win-win situation for the people of San Diego.

In 2009, the American Public Transportation Association recognized MTS as the most Outstanding Transit System. This change would only make it that much better by increasing safety measures in the city of San Diego. Decreasing the number drunk drivers and DUI-related arrests is as simple as a small schedule fix, and its time San Diego makes the quick switch to save lives.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Today's San Diego California DUI Driver's Lessons

1.   If you drink Saturday night and stay at someone else's place, don't get up too early as alcohol will still be in your system and may put you over the legal limit, remind San Diego DUI lawyers.

2.  If you drink Saturday night, stay at a friend's place and leave at the crack of dawn, do not speed.  If you get stopped for speeding, see #1 above.

3.  If you are DUI early Sunday morning - or any time - refrain from carrying explosives in your vehicle, suggest California DUI attorneys. 

One fifty-two year gentleman did not follow these rules yesterday after getting stopped for speeding in his pickup truck on San Diego's 5 freeway in the Del Mar area just after 6:30 a.m. with a device in his trunk which DUI cops thought was explosive.  Charged with possession of a dangerous device, the man may also have to pay for bomb squad personnel expenses if convicted of San Diego DUI, attorneys are told. 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

San Diego announces California DUI Patrols for Halloween

San Diego Sheriff's California DUI Deputies To Crackdown On Drunk Drivers On Halloween: additional San Diego California DUI Patrols Scheduled

On October 31st, deputies will be conducting additional San Diego California DUI patrols in communities within the jurisdiction of the Sheriff's Department, attorneys are told.

While children have a ghoulishly fun time trick or treating on Halloween, San Diego California DUI Sheriff's Deputies will be busy looking for San Diego California DUI drivers across San Diego County.

Deputies arrested six drivers for San Diego California DUI on Halloween last year. Five people were arrested for San Diego California DUI driving on Halloween 2012. So far this year, 1,311 people have been arrested for San Diego California DUI by the Sheriff's Department. In 2013, deputies arrested 1,888 people for driving drunk San Diego California, lawyers say.

The goal is to get San Diego California DUI drivers off our roads and prevent crashes that can cause serious injury or death.

Here are some sober rider options for Halloween:

• Be My Designated Driver
• Metropolitan Transit System (MTS)
• North County Transit District (NCTD)

"You should never drink and drive, especially on Halloween when children are out on the street." said Sheriff Bill Gore. "If you drink, get a designated driver. Remember: BUZZED DRIVING IS DRUNK DRIVING!"

The message is:  San Diego California DUI, It's Just Not Worth It. Watch the San Diego Sheriff's Department California DUI  public safety video on the high price of drinking and driving by clicking on the image on the right.

Funding for this San Diego California DUI program is from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Friday, October 24, 2014

New Way to Use Cell Phone to Get DUI Dismissed in California, attorneys relate

If you enjoy nude or half-nude photographs of yourself, keep them on your cell phone.  If arrested for California DUI, and a cop decides to forward those photos to his or her phone, your lawyer can probably move to dismiss the drunk driving charges no matter how high your blood alcohol level is.

One such California Highway Patrol officer is accused of sending nude photos of a drunk driving suspect to his own cell phone.  But that's not news because it's a "game" among the California Highway Patrol DUI cops, attorneys discover.

Criminal Prosecutors in Contra Costa County filed felony computer theft charges against California Highway Patrol DUI Officer Sean Harrington, who investigators said forwarded (stole) the photos during an Aug. 29 DUI traffic stop.

The 35-year-old Harrington and his partner stopped the woman, whose name was not released, on Interstate 680 in San Ramon for an unsafe lane change, reported the Contra Costa Times.

Officers said the woman failed field sobriety tests, and she was taken into custody after blowing .29%, nearly comatose.

The woman told investigators that Harrington asked for the password to her cell phone, which she provided.
Investigators said Harrington found photos of the woman in a bikini or partially nude and then forwarded six of them to his own cell phone about 2:08 a.m.

The woman’s iPhone was synced with her iPad using the iCloud service, investigators said, which revealed the photos had been sent to a number with an 707 area code at the time she was in police custody.

She researched the number and found it belonged to the officer who arrested her, prosecutors said.

Police executed a search warrant last week at Harrington’s home, where they said they found photographs, text messages, and instant messages from the woman’s phone on the officer’s electronic devices.

The woman’s drunken driving case was dismissed due to the investigation into the photo theft.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

MADD walks San Diego California October 18th

The MADD folks have gone mad about raising money to try to stop any one from driving DUI, in California and San Diego county, lawyers are told.

"Get the latest updates for San Diego Walk Like MADD

Walk like MADD is your chance to do something about drunk driving in our community. This year, thousands of people in over 60 cities around the nation will participate in 5K events to eliminate drunk driving from our roadways. Will you join us? See all San Diego updates "
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Monday, October 6, 2014

MADD Information for all California Counties

San Diego County MADD information is provided here by San Diego County DUI Law Center's attorney Rick Mueller.  Below are the new MADD numbers presently listed for other counties in California.

Please only call (858) 564-0785 or 564-0780 for MADD if you need to call about San Diego County MADD information.

MADD Victim Impact Panel Phone Number Information for other California Counties (outside of San Diego County):

Alameda County 800 426-6233
Bay Area, Oakland 800 426-6233
Central California, Fresno 916 481-6233
Humboldt County 916 481-6233
Los Angeles County 310 215-2905
Orange County 949 224-9900
Placerville, Placer  916 481-6233
Riverside County, Moreno Valley 800 426-6233
Sacramento County 916 481-6233
San Bernardino County 909 888 6233
San Jose County closed - see Bay Area, Oakland or call 800 426-6233
Shasta County, Redding 800 426-6233 to schedule appointment
Ventura County 310 215-2905
Yolo County 916 481-6233

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

San Diego's illegal ZERO TOLERANCE DUI saturation patrols continue, week after week, attorneys find out

San Diego's illegal ZERO TOLERANCE DUI saturation patrols continue, week after week, attorneys report:

San Diego DUI Deputies from Sheriff's Department in partnership with Police Officers from National City Police Department, San Diego Police Department, San Diego Harbor Police Department, UC San Diego Police Department, and County Probation Department conducted DUI enforcement patrols.

The official stated San Diego DUI purpose of the DUI enforcement patrols was to locate and identify impaired drivers in order to lower deaths and injuries caused by drunk drivers. Patrols focused their efforts in and around the Del Mar Race Track and after the evening concert held at the race track.

The AVOID the 16 Task Force had seven teams of deputies and officers who conducted 75 traffic stops and evaluated 10 drivers for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Four drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and one driver was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs. Additionally, one minor was cited for possession of an alcoholic beverage, three drivers were cited for driving without a driver's license, six traffic citations were issued for miscellaneous vehicle code violations and four vehicles towed and stored.
The “Zero Tolerance” DUI saturation patrols targeted those who still don’t heed the message to designate a sober driver before their celebrations begins. Police, Sheriff and the CHP encourage all motorists to watch and report impaired drivers each and every trip around town or during summer vacations: Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1! anytime motorists encounter that dangerous driver.

Monday, September 1, 2014

55 California Highway Patrol arrests in San Diego County, attorneys say

San Diego's California Highway Patrol cops busted fifty-five motorists on suspicion of DUI in the first 36 hours of the Labor Day holiday weekend, attorneys report.

The arrests were made on county freeways, and unincorporated roads patrolled by CHP officers, between 6 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Monday, San Diego California DUI lawyers announce today.
The total number of arrests was up 21 from the same reporting period last year, when there were 34 drunken driving arrests in the first 36 hours of the Labor Day weekend, Catano said. CHP officers arrested 22 drivers on suspicion of drunken driving in the holiday weekend's first 12 hours, from 6 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday.
Drunken driving arrests made by CHP officers in the first 36 hours were down statewide from last year, from 832 to 767, but fatalities were up from 14 to 18, Catano said. Thirteen of those deaths occurred within the first 12 hours of the weekend.
Local law enforcement agencies made seven other drunken driving arrests on Friday night and early Saturday morning at four checkpoints across the county.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Labor Day Weekend San Diego California DUI Checkpoint News Bulletin: Avoid Del Mar Racetrack Sunday Ziggy Marley Concert, attorneys warn

Labor Day Weekend News Flash 2014!

San Diego loves to try stop drivers on holiday weekends.  Revenue demands motivate San Diego DUI cops to make lots of stops, even unlawfully at times when they go "ZERO TOLERANCE" on San Diego County citizens, California DUI lawyers know.

All weekend San Diego cops will try to arrest motorists so check here regularly for DUI checkpoint locations, attorneys remind.  San Diego County DUI Law Center shall assist in drunk driving roadblock areas so you can drive safely through your Labor Day Weekend without fear of going to jail.

Unless you have a designated driver, avoid Del Mar Racetrack Sunday for Ziggy Marley Concert, attorneys warn, as San Diego California DUI cops have been overzealous all summer...over there where "the surf meets the turf."

Monday, August 25, 2014

5 California DUI Checkpoints in San Diego mean 22 DUI Arrests, lawyers report

 Knowing San Diego California DUI locations is a must.  It's the difference between getting home safe and shelling out $10,000.00 +, attorneys remind.

An illegal California DUI operation took place in North San Diego County near Del Mar racetrack, unlawfully changing the standard from .08% to "Zero Tolerance" even for those over 21!

San Diego area DUI police officers resulted in 22 DUI arrests at 5 separate San Diego DUI checkpoints and operations across San Diego County over the weekend, lawyers report.
The most successful of the weekend’s DUI checkpoints operated in the East Village area of San Diego in the 1400 block of G Street from 11 p.m. Saturday to 3 a.m. Sunday, as officers arrested 11 drivers on suspicion of drunken driving and impounded 11 vehicles.
Deputies in Solana Beach operated the sheriff’s department’s third weekend checkpoint from about 8:30 p.m. Saturday to about 2 a.m. Sunday at the 500 block of North Highway 101. Two drivers were arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and 16 drivers were cited, including two for possession of marijuana.
Deputies began the weekend crackdown with a drunk driving operation in and around the Del Mar racetrack from 5 p.m. Friday until 2 a.m. Saturday. Three drivers were arrested on suspicion of drunken driving while 12 more were issued citations.
A sheriff’s checkpoint in Santee on the 9200 block of Carlton Hills Boulevard operated from 8 p.m. Friday to 2:30 a.m. Saturday. Four drivers were arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, one other arrest was made and 10 drivers were cited.
An Escondido police checkpoint on Friday night near the intersection of Centre City Parkway and Decatur Way netted two drunken driving arrests.
All five San Diego DUI operations were funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, lawyers remind.