Sunday, August 19, 2007

California DUI Checkpoints over weekend waste of taxpayer money

California Drunk Driving Defense Attorney news

Santa Clarita Valley California Sheriff’s Station conducted a California D.U.I sobriety checkpoint from 7pm Friday through 3am Saturday morning. The checkpoint was conducted on eastbound Soledad Canyon Rd, east of Golden Oak.

There were a total of 1,044 vehicles that passed through the checkpoint. All of those vehicles were screened. Four vehicles were pulled off line where the drivers received further testing.

Only 1 of those drivers was arrested for California DUI (at the California drunk driving checkpoint).

In addition, eleven drivers were cited for driving without valid drivers licenses. Their vehicles were impounded.

A sobriety/driver's license checkpoint was also in operation from 8 last night to 1 a.m. Sunday on the Skyway near the "Coffee's On" cafŽ, south of Elliott Road.
The location was announced about 2:15 p.m. today by Paradise police, as required by state law.

Officers are trained in detection of alcohol impairment, and will be equipped with hand-held breath testing devices that provide an accurate measure of blood alcohol levels.

McLaughlin said drivers suspected of being California DUI or drugs can expect to be arrested.

Lastly, Central California Coast Officers are stepping up patrols, on the lookout for drunk drivers weeks before the Labor Day holiday.

A maximum enforcement effort will put more patrols on the roads beginning today. Different branches of law enforcement will combine efforts through more patrols and California DUI checkpoints.

Here's the self-promoting hype: "FBI statistics prove that if people are aware that officers are out there specifically for DUI drivers using checkpoints, they won't drink and drive that night. They'll designate a driver." Officials urge you to call 911 if you suspect someone is California DUI.

The California DUI checkpoint augments regular patrols and is another costly overtime program funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety.

California DUI defense lawyers believe these California DUI checkpoints are wasting California taxpayer money.