Monday, August 27, 2007

Major California DUI Crackdown this weekend

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California's DUI crackdown is major because Labor Day, a holiday celebrated throughout California with parties and parades, has unfortunately become notorious as a day when thousands of drivers make the deadly decision to drive drunk in California.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and California law enforcement agencies today kicked off a major drunk driving crackdown as part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) national crackdown: "Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest."

Last year in California, 25 people were killed over the Labor Day weekend in California DUI accidents.

MADD San Diego California is teaming up with NHTSA, the California Office of Traffic Safety (CA OTS), the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Border Division and Avoid the 14 to implement tough enforcement of drunk driving laws over Labor Day Weekend. Avoid the 14, composed of the 14 law enforcement agencies in San Diego County, California will be conducting extended-hour California sobriety checkpoints and California DUI saturation patrols over the holiday weekend, joining more than 350 California DUI law enforcement agencies across the state who are stepping up their California drunk driving arrest efforts.

To launch these enforcement activities and announce new state data, California MADD and its California DUI law enforcement partners are holding a press conference at the California CHP Border Division office where key players on the state, local and national level will be discussing the California DUI crackdown and its goals. The CHP Border Division will also be offering ride-alongs during holiday crackdown activities to interested members of the media.

California alcohol-related traffic deaths are higher than at any time since 1997. Preliminary 2006 data from the California Highway Patrol show that in San Diego County alone, 115 were killed in 2006 due to alcohol-related crashes, while 3,052 were injured. Statewide, 1,276 Californians were killed in 2006 in drunk driving crashes in which the driver had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. This past year, nearly 13,500 people across the nation were killed in drunk driving crashes in which the driver had a BAC of .08 or higher, according to the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) data from NHTSA.

It is important that we use all the California DUI tools and California drunk driving resources available to stop these senseless deaths and to send a clear reminder to California DUI drivers: If you are caught driving drunk this Labor Day weekend, you will be arrested for a California DUI. No exceptions. No excuses, warns the California DUI law agencies.

"California Drunk driving is one of our nation's deadliest crimes and we are working with our partners to eliminate it from our roadways," said NHTSA Deputy Jim Ports. "We need to come up with new solutions to solve the problem that address fatality numbers that have been too stagnant for too long."

Research has shown that highly publicized, highly visible and frequent California DUI sobriety checkpoints reduce alcohol-related crashes and fatalities by an average of 20 percent. Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest. combines the mobilization of thousands of DUI law enforcement agencies in all 50 states with an $11 million national advertising campaign to deliver the message that if you drive drunk, you will be arrested.

High visibility enforcement is one of the four components of California MADD's Campaign to Eliminate California Drunk Driving. The other elements include: mandatory ignition interlocks for all convicted California drunk drivers, development of advanced vehicle technology to detect and stop California drunk drivers, and mobilization of grassroots support.

"There's just no excuse for driving drunk," said Pat Hodgkin of MADD San Diego California. "MADD's goal is to make it literally impossible for people to drive drunk.

The vision behind the Campaign to Eliminate California Drunk Driving is to use new technology, enforcement and community involvement to ultimately prevent a California driver with a BAC of .08 or higher from operating a vehicle. Together with California DUI law enforcement, we are diligently working toward a future without drunk driving crimes." And California DUI criminal defense attorneys protect the rights of California citizens. For info on California DUI defense, go to .