Wednesday, December 26, 2007

California DUI update for CHP, Bakersfield and the Desert

California DUI attorney news

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

California dui criminal lawyers will be busy.

California DUI law enforcement agencies, including the California Highway Patrol and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department are preparing for a DUI crackdown through the holiday season. The California DUI effort will include a significant increase in officers on the streets in the form of California DUI saturation patrols and sCalifornia DUI obriety checkpoints.

This year California DUI law enforcement is asking for the public's help.

"Drunk driving is the top priority for the California Highway Patrol and other motorists on the roads are one of the best weapons we have against drunk drivers," said CHP Commissioner Mike Brown. "We're asking the public to report drunk drivers by calling 911 and providing the location and a complete description of the vehicle. This will help us know who we're looking for and where to look."

Some of the features of a California DUI / drunk driver, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, include drivers turning with a wide radius, straddling the center of the road or lane marker, almost striking an object or another vehicle, weaving and zigzagging across the road, turning abruptly or illegally, driving slower than 10 mph below the speed limit, following others too closely, drifting or moving in a straight line at an angle and erratic braking, driving into opposing or crossing traffic and driving with the headlights off.

Last year, 1,597 people were killed and 31,099 were injured in alcohol-related crashes in California, according to the state Office of Traffic Safety. Los Angeles County had the greatest number of deaths with 300. Another 7,718 people were injured in this county.

"Deaths and injuries due to drunk drivers are a serious concern for everyone," said state Office of Traffic Safety Director Christopher J. Murphy. "These avoidable tragedies bring the issue to the forefront of traffic safety priorities for California ... Knowing that the public is also on the lookout for drunk drivers is a powerful deterrent."

Dozens of people were arrested for California DUI - driving under the influence over the Christmas holiday. The Bakersfield office of the California Highway Patrol reported 66 California DUI Drunk Driving / DWI arrests in the local area beginning on Friday, Dec. 21 and running through midnight Dec. 25.

Officials said there were no fatalities linked to drinking and driving for the same period.

California DUI Law enforcement has been operating under their maximum enforcement period with every available California DUI officer on county roadways.

There were several California DUI checkpoints set up in and around the Bakersfield area during the holiday weekend.

The Desert Hot Springs Police Department recently received a $8,341 grant from the Office of Traffic Safety to conduct more California DUI sobriety checkpoints, according to the department. The grant will be specifically used for efforts in catching those driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs / California DUI .